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Tracing book - Pictures to Trace No. 502

Pictures to Trace No. 502

  • Object:

    Tracing book

  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1920s (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    printed thick paper and card; tracing paper

  • Museum number:

    B.997:1 to 5-1993

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Tracing paper is a type of translucent paper. It is made by immersing good quality paper in sulphuric acid for a few seconds. The acid converts some of the celluloseand when the treated paper is washed and dried, it is much stronger than the original paper. Tracing paper enables people to make a good copy of any picture placed beneath it. Drawing books for young children often use tracing paper to help the child and give them a sense of achievement when the finished picture is produced.

Physical description

[Tracing book] tracing book; the outer cover is card printed in colours to show a girl with a cat sitting at a table attempting to make the cat draw. The book contains 8 pages and these together with the inside covers are printed with line drawings and short poems describing animals. Some of the drawings have been coloured by hand. Between each of the pages are
stuck two sheets of tracing paper; those remaining intact are between pages 2 and 3; and 3 and 4.
[Tracing book] tracing paper showing part of page 2; chickens
[Tracing book] tracing paper; double sheet; showing drawings between pages 4 & 5
[Tracing book] tracing paper; showing drawings on the back of page 5
[Tracing book] tracing paper; showing drawings on the back of page 6.

Place of Origin

England, Great Britain (made)


1920s (made)

Materials and Techniques

printed thick paper and card; tracing paper

Object history note

References: used by Margaret (Peggy) Joyce; b.1922; the bequester's only daughter; of 2 Quested Buildings; Brett Road; London; E8. Peggy had rheumatic fever in 1929 & died of heart failure in the Rahere Ward; St.
Bartholomew's Hospital on 02/12/1903. She is buried in Abney Park Cemetery with her brother Alan, 15/03/1921 - 12/09/1921

Descriptive line

Tracing Book; English; 1920s


Children & Childhood; Books

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