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Drawing - Is there a plumber in the house?
  • Is there a plumber in the house?
    Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999
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Is there a plumber in the house?

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    late 1940s to early 1950s (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.185-2003

  • 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 pen and ink illustration is for a cartoon. Four surgeons are shown turning out to the audience from an operating table which they are gathered around. They all looked perplexed and the centre right figure seems to be calling out the title, which is written above the composition "Is there a plumber in the house?" This pun on the common call for help "Is there a doctor in the house?" when some one is ill reflects British post war humour.

Physical description

Illustration in pen and ink showing four surgens in front of an operating table looking perplexed. The title of the cartoon "Is there a Plumber in the House?" is written in pencil at the top of the page.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

late 1940s to early 1950s (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink drawing

Marks and inscriptions

'IS THERE A PLUMBER IN THE HOUSE?'
Written in pencil at the top of the page.

'addey'
Signed in pen and ink at the bottom right of the page.

Dimensions

Height: 23.1 cm, Width: 25.2 cm

Descriptive line

Illustration for a cartoon titled "Is there a plumber in the house?"

Materials

Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Bucket; Light; Doctor

Categories

Drawings; Illustration; Caricatures & Cartoons; Advertising

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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