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The Comforts of Madness

  • Object:

    Record Sleeve

  • Place of origin:

    England (issued)

  • Date:

    1990 (issued)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Oliver, Vaughan, born 1957 (designer)
    Bigg, Christopher, born 1962 (designer)
    Tucker, Sarah (photographer)
    Butcher, Bleddyn (photographer)
    v23 (design agency)
    Beggars Group Media Limited - Beggars Banquet Records (issuer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithography

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Vaughan Oliver

  • Museum number:

    E.1708-1990

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case TS, shelf 18

Physical description

Cover sleeve for the long-playing record 'The Comforts of Madness' by the group Pale Saints. The design incorporates a photograph of a cat.

Place of Origin

England (issued)

Date

1990 (issued)

Artist/maker

Oliver, Vaughan, born 1957 (designer)
Bigg, Christopher, born 1962 (designer)
Tucker, Sarah (photographer)
Butcher, Bleddyn (photographer)
v23 (design agency)
Beggars Group Media Limited - Beggars Banquet Records (issuer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Object history note

'23 Envelope and Vaughan Oliver. Oliver (b.1957), working with Nigel Grierson, Christopher Bigg (b.1962) and Simon Larbalestier (b.1962), has, under the umbrella title of 23 Envelope (established in 1981), and more recently as V/23 created a distinctive body of original work for the independant label 4AD founded by Ivo Watts-Russell (b.1957). The work of 23 Envelope is centred around experimentation with old and new type-faces, with layouts, fine calligraphy, creative photography, colour photocopies and more recently the Quantel Paintbox computer system. To do justice to the 'R&D' aspects of their work, 4AD and 23 Envelope pay considerable attention to paper types and printing standards. 23 Envelope's designs match the clarity and gravity of work by PSA and Brody while preserving the subtle nuances seen in the sleeve paintings of Mills and original prints by one-time Oliver tutor Terry Dowling (b.1946), one of his acknowledged influences. As with other, visually cohesive labels like Factory, Land and ECM, 4AD has asked for and has received from 23 Envelope consistent graphic statements of quality about its special attitude to the music it records and sells.'

Taken from: Edge, Kevin. The Art of Selling Songs : Graphics for the Music Business, 1690-1990. London : Futures Publications, 1991. p.98.

Descriptive line

Cover sleeve for the long-playing record 'The Comforts of Madness' by the group Pale Saints. Design by Vaughan Oliver of V23. Issued by 4AD Records, England, 1990.

Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Cat

Categories

Labels & packaging; Music

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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