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The Rainbow's Egg

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1974 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Emmett, Colin (computer artist)
    Kitching, Alan (computer artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Computer Arts Society, supported by System Simulation Ltd, London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3H, shelf 23

Physical description

Colour screenprint on paper from a computer-generated graphic, mounted on board.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1974 (made)


Emmett, Colin (computer artist)
Kitching, Alan (computer artist)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Edition number, in pencil, in lower left side.

'Colin Emmett Alan Kitching August 74'
Artists' signatures and date, in pencil, in lower right side.


Height: 75.1 cm, Width: 62 cm

Descriptive line

Screenprint on gold paper from a computer-generated graphic, 'The Rainbow's Egg', 1974, by Colin Emmett and Alan Kitching.

Production Note

Attribution note: This was the first high-resolution image to be produced at the Atlas Laboratory in the UK using Antics software. The original image was about 3000 pixels in height.
The image was created on an ICL1906A computer with input from a D-Mac digitiser and output to a SC-4020 microfilm recorder. In describing the technique to create this work, Emmett explained:
“The patterns on the snake were produced from the twelve month names by transforming, or in-betweening, one name into the next so that, for instance, ‘January’ transforms to ‘February’ in 31 steps, or days. Each day was fitted into its appropriate day division on the original circular area, and transformed into its position on the egg shaped area. The whole image was then scanned and output to the plotter.”
Colour was added during the silk screening process and printed onto gold paper.

Emmett quoted by Lansdown, J., “Not quite computing – almost art” The Computer Bulletin
Series, cited by Catherine Mason, ‘The Personalised Surface: New Approaches to Digital Printmaking’, Victoria & Albert Museum, 3 April 2009.


Paper (fiber product); Ink; Mounting board


Screenprinting; Computer graphics


Prints; Computer Art


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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