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The Parakeet and the Perils of Living in the Sticks

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    March 1986 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wormell, Christopher (artist)
    Saatchi & Saatchi (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    E.691-1994

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2G, shelf SH26, box EE58A

This advertisement is an example of a city financial firm using wood engraving to reinforce a sense of tradition. The layout, high quality wood engraving - by artist Christopher Wormell (born 1955) - and choice of a fable subject recall pre-war hand-pressed private press books.

Physical description

Proof for a press advertisement for Mercury Unit Trusts based on a fable format about a parakeet and a stick insect.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

March 1986 (made)

Artist/maker

Wormell, Christopher (artist)
Saatchi & Saatchi (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving on paper

Dimensions

Height: 25.3 cm sheet, Width: 18.8 cm sheet, Height: 4.4 cm image, Width: 4.4 cm image

Object history note

Acquired in connection with the display A Fine Line - Commercial Wood Engraving in Britain, V&A, 10 October 1994 - 26 March 1995. R.P. 94.1448

Descriptive line

Proof for a press advertisement for Mercury Unit Trusts based on a fable entitled The Parakeet and the Perils of Living in the Sticks, wood engraved by Christopher Wormell; British 1986

Labels and date

[Draft?] This is an example of a city financial firm using wood engraving to reinforce a sense of tradition. The layout, high quality wood engraving and choice of a fable subject recall pre-war hand-pressed private press books. [1994]

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Wood engraving

Subjects depicted

Parakeet; Nest; Trees; Stick insects

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Images Online; Illustration

Production Type

Artist's proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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