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Book No.1

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    early 1970s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Squires, Eddie, born 1940 - died 1995 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    assorted drawings, prints and ephemera collected in an album

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Eddie Squires

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3C, shelf HIGH, box 4L

Physical description

Scrapbook of 102 bound pages containing a range of personal material, original drawings and ephemera relating to the life and work of Eddie Squires in the early 1970s. Most of this material is contemporary with the album but some is historic. The contents include photographs of Squires and his friends; portraits and design drawings by Squires; pictures of celebrities and pin-ups; children's drawings; popular, fine art and 3D postcards; popular prints; Christmas cards; birthday cards; change of address cards; party invitations; wrapping paper; patterned papers; letters; trade cards and business cards; food packaging; soap packaging; cigarette and tobacco packaging; match boxes; seed packets; Indian packaging; playing cards; book covers and book illustrations, exhibition leaflets; theatre programmes; pictures from magazines and holiday brochures; maps; Green Shield stamps; historic textile and wallpaper designs; historic loom drafts and warping plans; proprietary artists' colour charts; Indian woodcuts; sew-on patches; photographs of Squires' 'Dragon' and 'Mandala' designs; photographs of Indian miniatures at the V&A; photographs of Eddie Squires wearing his 'Tantric' and 'Jewel' jackets; photographs of the office designed by Eddie Squires for Gilchrist Printers.

The drawings by Eddie Squires include portraits of friends; colour studies; drawings of Lincolnshire, mid 1950s; life drawing from Central School of Art, 1959-60; study of a 15th - 16th century Peruvian garment of macaw feathers at the V&A, 1960-1; drawing entitled 'Near Harrow Road', 1959-60?; drawing entitled 'Cornwall', 1970s; furniture designs, mid 1960s-1970; 'Sun Dragon' textile design, 1970; drawing entitled 'California', 1970; 'Ryvita' textile design, 1971; drawing entitled 'Moroccan Morning in London, Harringay', 1972; colour studies and drawings for the 'Last Supper' textile design, early 1970s; designs for dress prints; design for table cloth; drawing entitled 'Sun Earth and Moon'; drawing of St. Tropez.

Famous people depicted in the scrapbook include James Dean; Elvis Presley; Marilyn Monroe; Elizabeth Taylor; Tony Curtis; the Mona Lisa and various 1940s and 1950s Hollywood starlets. Numerous friends and colleagues are also represented in the scrapbook. There is a photograph of Jack Appleyard, 1974; letters from Barbara Morris, 1972; card from Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark; portrait of David Boughton by Eddie Squires, 1972; photographs of Graham Cracker, 1975; photographs of David Exley, 1974, and photograph of June and David Exley, Summer 1973; cards from Frances Gavin, Pat Gavin and Martha Gavin, and fashion photographs by Pat Gavin, 1972-3; drawing by Joel Goldstein, 1970; portrait of Claudia Hepburn and John Terry by Eddie Squires, January 1972; invitation from Christine Houghton, 1975; photographs of, drawings by and cards from Bert Kitchen, Muriel Kitchen, Saskia Kitchen and Corinna Kitchen; cards from, and drawings by, Valerie Leonard, Harry Leonard and Toni Leonard; invitation from Will Lorimer, and invitation from Will [Lorimer?] and Fiona; photograph of sculpture by Mo McDermott in the flat of David Hockney, 1971; photograph of John May, 1975; drawings by Brian Morris, 1957-1967; invitation from Siddik and Vicki Nigoumi, 1967; photographs of, cards from, take away orders and press cuttings relating to Sue Palmer and Robert Palmer, 1973-5; letters from Mike Q; letter from 'Uria' Quigley; portrait of R. Theresa Richards by Eddie Squires, November 26 1959; press cutting about Mrs Squires, the artist's mother; invitation from Lesle Sunderland, 1975; card from Peter Woodcock; drawings by Amirah, 1974; card from Barbara and Dave; drawing by Dave, June 1972; drawings by, and cards from, Gordon, 1972-5; portrait of Peter and Janice by Eddie Squires, 1972, and shopping list from Janice, 1973; photograph of Jonathan, 1971; portrait of Pete by Eddie Squires, 1972; photograph of Phillip, 1971-2; card from Tony and Kay; photograph of collage by Vicky, 1973.

Places represented in the album include photographs of a house designed by Gropius and York, Angmering on Sea; photographs and postcards depicting Brighton Pavilion and [Brighton?] seafront amusements; drawings of the Fleece Inn Caistor, 1955-6, and Georgian House, South Street, Caistor, 1956, by Eddie Squires; drawing of Cornwall by Eddie Squires, 1970s; photographs of the South of France, 1975; photograph of a family at Great Yarmouth, July 31 1911; drawing of Grimsby by Eddie Squires, 1957, and photograph of Grimsby, 1976; press cuttings relating to the Glastonbury Festival, 1971; photographs of Golborne Road, London; drawing of Harrow Road, London, 1959-60?; photographs of Istanbul, 1972; photograph of a shop front painted in a deco/psychedelic style on Kings Road, London, 1966-8?; photographs of Nova Scotia, 1973; photographs of demonstrations on Oxford Street, London, 1973-4; photographs of Portobello Road, London; photograph of a shop front painted in hippy/psychedelic style 'off Porto', [Portobello Road?], London , 1973-4; photograph of Primrose Hill, or Paliament Hill, London, 1973-4?; photographs of the interior of a flat at Randolph Avenue, London; photographs from 3 St Lawrence Terrace, London, 1973; photographs of the new Warner Fabrics building, London, 1975; photograph 'under the Westway', London, 1973; photographs of Kew Gardens, Spring 1973; drawing of Middle Rasen by Eddie Squires; postcards of Montreal; photographs of New York; postcards of Lake Tahoe.

Place of Origin

London (made)


early 1970s (made)


Squires, Eddie, born 1940 - died 1995 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

assorted drawings, prints and ephemera collected in an album

Marks and inscriptions

On the spine; Handwriting; Felt tipped pen; Squires

On the spine; Handwriting; Felt tipped pen; Squires

On the inside cover; Handwriting; Felt tipped pen

Inscribed throughout with pen and pencil notes


Height: 50.2 cm Dimensions of album, Width: 30.5 cm

Descriptive line

Scrapbook (No. 1 of 9) compiled by Eddie Squires. Great Britain, early 1970s.


Paper; Printed paper; Wrapping paper; Glue; Gouache; Pen; Pencil; Photographic paper; Card; Watercolour


Cutting; Pasting

Subjects depicted

Homosexuals; Dolphins; Birds, parrots; Designs; Hotels (public accommodations); Children's drawings; Seaside; Studios (work spaces); Pin-ups; Fairs; Humour; Furniture; Collecting stuff; Popular culture; Gays; Friendship; Swimming pools; Goldfish; Inspiration; Celebrity; Psychedelic art; Textiles; Motion pictures; Roses; Horses (animals); Life drawings; Asian art; Collecting cards; Kitsch


Collages; Designs; Drawings; Gender and Sexuality

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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