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Oil painting - Family Voices: Figures Looking out to Sea
  • Family Voices: Figures Looking out to Sea
    Vaesen, Guy, born 1912 - died 2002
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Family Voices: Figures Looking out to Sea

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, printed)

  • Date:

    1980 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vaesen, Guy, born 1912 - died 2002 (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Harold Pinter, CBE.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Oil painting on canvas, unglazed, of a boy sitting on a stool, with a bicycle to his right. Behind him there is a wooden table on which pits a pitcher and basin. The paint is framed, in a pine frame, within which is a beige hessian fillet, with white painted plywood inside edging.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, printed)


1980 (painted)


Vaesen, Guy, born 1912 - died 2002 (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas


Height: 47.3 cm sight measurement, canvas only, Width: 38.8 cm sight measurement, canvas only, Height: 65.5 cm including frame, Width: 57.5 cm including frame

Object history note

This was painted as one of the seven paintings by Guy Vaesen that were reproduced in the Next Edition of the script of Family Voices by Harold Pinter, published to accompany the BBC Radio 3 broadcast on 22 January 1981, directed by Peter Hall, with Michael Kitchen as Voice 1, Peggy Ashcroft as Voice 1 and Mark Dignam as Voice 3.

Family Voices was subsequently produced as a 'platform performance' at the National Theatre, 13 February 1981, with the same cast, and later presented as one of the 3 short Pinter plays in Other Places, Cottesloe Theatre, October 1982. Other Places comprised A Kind of Alaska, Family Voices and Victoria Station.

Descriptive line

Oil painting by Guy Vaesen, one of seven paintings reproduced in the Next Edition, 1981, of Family Voices, a play by Harold Pinter

Production Note

This was most probably painted in 1980 since it was first reproduced in 1981 in a printed edition to accompany the radio production broadcast in January 1981.


Oil paint; Canvas



Subjects depicted




Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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