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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1932-1933 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bell, Vanessa, born 1879 - died 1961 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    <b>Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)</b>
    Design for a plate with a portrait of
    Queen Christina of Sweden. 1932-3
    Pencil and watercolour

    Kenneth Clark, later Lord Clark,
    commissioned a large dinner service to be
    decorated by the painters Vanessa Bell and
    Duncan Grant. The theme was `Famous
    Women' and ranged from Sappho to Greta
    Garbo. Vanessa Bell sketched her first rough
    ideas for this portrait in pencil, still visible in
    places, before filling in and developing the
    design with bold strokes of watercolour.
    Most of the preliminary designs were carried
    out on round scraps of paper or card and in
    some cases, on paper plates.

    E.1052-1992

  • Museum number:

    E.1052-1992

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case C, shelf 156, box B

Kenneth Clark, later Lord Clark, commissioned a large dinner service to be decorated by the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The theme was `Famous Women' and ranged from Sappho to Greta Garbo. Vanessa Bell sketched her first rough ideas for this portrait in pencil, still visible in places, before filling in and developing the design with bold strokes of watercolour. Most of the preliminary designs were carried out on round scraps of paper or card.

Physical description

Portrait drawing, circular in form, of Queen Christina of Sweden

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1932-1933 (made)

Artist/maker

Bell, Vanessa, born 1879 - died 1961 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

'Christina of Sweden'
Lettered in blue watercolour

Dimensions

Diameter: 25.5 cm

Descriptive line

Drawing by Vanessa Bell, design for a plate with a portrait of Queen Christina of Sweden, pencil and watercolour, Great Britain, 1932-1933

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

pp. 36-37
Duncan Grant & Vanessa Bell : design and decoration 1910-1960. London: Spink & Son Ltd, 1991. 47 pp., illus.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1992

Labels and date

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Materials

Paper; Pencil; Watercolour; Material

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Portrait; Woman

Categories

Drawings; Designs; Eating; Ceramics; Portraits; Royalty; Gender and Sexuality

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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