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Print - Pyramide di Birmingham

Pyramide di Birmingham

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Howard, John, born 1958 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 294, box B

Physical description

A black and white print referencing Piranesi's pyramid of Caius Cestius, however, in this case the pyramid is situated in 20th century Birmingham. The image illustrates a view looking through the arch of a viaduct and depicts an imagined pyramid under construction. In the background, behind the pyramid, real features of the Birmingham skyline are shown including the British Telecom Tower and the Rotunda.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1991 (made)


Howard, John, born 1958 (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'J. Howard 1991'
Signed and dated in pencil

Inscribed with title and numbered


Height: 40.9 cm, Width: 46.9 cm

Descriptive line

Print by John Howard, 'Pyramide di Birmingham'. drypoint print, Birmingham, 1991

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1992


Paper; Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Pastiche; Canal; Parody; Cranes; Fantasy; Cityscape; Pyramids; Skyline; Aqueducts


Prints; Topography


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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