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  • Object:

    Printed plastic sample

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Groag, Jacqueline F.S.I.A., born 1903 - died 1986 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    screen-printed bakelite plastic

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 32

Physical description

Circus. Portion of decoratively printed plastic sheet for Bakelite Wareite, 1968.Lettered in white chalk on the back CIRCUS ANY NEW COLORWAYS (sic) LET ME SEE FIRST.Partially overwritten in black chalk ANY NEW Color (sic) other than (sic) this

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1968 (made)


Groag, Jacqueline F.S.I.A., born 1903 - died 1986 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

screen-printed bakelite plastic


Height: 384 mm, Width: 384 mm

Descriptive line

Jacqueline Groag. "Circus". Sample of printed plastic sheet. British, 1968

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The following excerpt is taken from Galloway, Francesca, 'Post-War British Textiles'. Robert Marcuson Publishing, London, 2002:

"Jacqueline Groag, a Czech by birth, was a talented textile designer, as well-known and as influential as [Lucienne] Day in the 1950s; she continued designing textiles until the 1980s. Groag was a student of Josef Hoffmann and Franz Cizek in Vienna and designed for the Wiener Werkstätte before moving to Paris in 1929. There she designed dress fabrics for Chanel, Schiaparelli and Lanvin. She married the architect and follower of Adolf Loos, Jacques Groag, whose preference for severe functionalism in architecture had some influence on her style. They moved to London in 1939 where her success must have been immediate given the number of textiles she designed for the 'Britain Can Make It' exhibition at the V&A in 1946. The columnar design, launched by David Whitehead for the Festival of Britain in 1951, was adapted from an earlier design commissioned from Groag by the Rayon Design Centre in 1948."




Screen printing


Designs; Plastic


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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