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Drawing - Police arriving at the scene of a car crash
  • Police arriving at the scene of a car crash
    Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999
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Police arriving at the scene of a car crash

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late 1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999 (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by K. D. and E. F. Law

  • Museum number:

    E.181-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 189, box A

Wilfrid R. Addey (1912-1999) worked as a commercial artist for over sixty years, working for Dorland Advertising and Mitchells among other London advertising firms. His work shows the range of products and illustration styles, from aeroplanes and cars, beer and perfume, to satirical cartoons and calendar pin-up girls and is representative of the post war boom in advertising during the late 1940s and 1950s.

This illustration in pen, ink and wash shows police arriving at the scene of a car crash. The image has been cropped in places to emphasize the heightened emotion of the subject. Black and white has been used to create strong contrasts of light and shade that reflect the lighting of Film Noir films of the late 1940s and early 1950s that would have appealed to an audience of this date.

Physical description

Pen and ink illustration. A police car is shown in the bottom right hand corner. In the middle distance a car has crashed in to the side of a truck, the driver is shown slumped over the steering wheel.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

late 1940s (made)

Artist/maker

Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999 (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink drawing

Dimensions

Height: 27.1 cm, Width: 36.6 cm

Descriptive line

Illustration showing Police arriving at the scene of a car crash

Materials

Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Police; Car

Categories

Drawings; Illustration

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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