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Drawing - 'This is little Chromium, Auntie, but don't disturb him, he's having his hour's recreation'
  • 'This is little Chromium, Auntie, but don't disturb him, he's having his hour's recreation'
    Laidler, Graham 'Pont', born 1908 - died 1940
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'This is little Chromium, Auntie, but don't disturb him, he's having his hour's recreation'

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Date:

    1934

  • Artist/Maker:

    Laidler, Graham 'Pont', born 1908 - died 1940 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink

  • Museum number:

    E.331-1986

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LD, shelf 52

Physical description

Drawing showing a child, 'little chromium' playing with bricks at a table, illuminated by a beam of light. Two women - the child's mother and 'auntie' stand just within the door. A rocking horse made of tubular metal is against far wall.

Date

1934

Artist/maker

Laidler, Graham 'Pont', born 1908 - died 1940 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink

Historical context note

'Pont's witty drawings in 'Punch' in the 1930s have come to be recognized as masterly satiric observations of British national characteristics. Here the humour is directed at Modernism, and at tubular steel furniture in particular, which is even transformed into a rocking horse. 'Sun ray' lamps pour health-giving ultra-violet rays on poor Little Chromium who, protected by his sunglasses, plays with 'educational' bricks. The carpet and wallpaper are an ABC of the Modern; G for gyroscope, R for radio and Z for zip. Mother in her smart tailored slacks, with their zipped-up pockets, shows off the Wunderkind to a leather-clad Auntie who has clearly just dismounted from a motorcyle.

Descriptive line

Drawing, 'This is little Chromium ...', 'Pont', 1934

Materials

Ink; Paper

Subjects depicted

Boy; Toys; Avant-garde; Mothers; Rocking horses

Categories

ELISE; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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