Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 52b

Papercut

1707 (made)
Artist/Maker

Object Type
This is an example of cut-paper work. In this technique an image is created from cut-out paper and often, as here, set against a contrasting background.

Makers & Making
Anna Maria Garthwaite made this example by first covering one side of a sheet of brown paper with black pigment. She then cut out the picture using either a scalpel-like knife or very fine scissors and pierced the surface of the paper in places with a needle or a pin. To add interest to the surface, she cut off some slivers of paper and stuck them down elsewhere in the picture, brown side up, as for example the branches of one of the trees. The cut-out paper picture was then laid onto a sheet of very white vellum (high quality parchment, made from animal skin) to make all the details as visible as possible.

People
As an adult Anna Maria Garthwaite was one of the most talented silk designers of her generation working in London. This work, made when she was 17 years old, gives some indication of her youthful artistic ability, which laid the foundations for her future success. Some of the trees in this cut-paper work resemble her watercolour textile designs of the 1720s.

Subject Depicted
This cut-paper work picture shows a country house of around 1700 surrounded by gardens, with gardeners clipping trees. Huntsmen are shown chasing deer in a wooded park and in the upper right corner is a village with houses clustered around a parish church.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Knife-cut cut-paper work, with pin pricking and collage, paper and ink on a vellum backing
Brief Description
Cut paperwork by Anna Maria Garthwaite
Dimensions
  • Including frame height: 32.5cm
  • Including frame width: 40cm
Dimensions checked: Measured; 01/01/1998 by PW Cons
Gallery Label
British Galleries: Anna Maria Garthwaite was the daughter of a clergyman, and we do not know how or where she learnt the particular skill of designing silks for a drawloom. But her artistic talent as a young woman is evident from this cut paperwork picture, probably composed from her imagination.(27/03/2003)
Object history
Made by Anna Maria Garthwaite (born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, 1690, died in London, 1763)
Production
Dated 1707
Summary
Object Type
This is an example of cut-paper work. In this technique an image is created from cut-out paper and often, as here, set against a contrasting background.

Makers & Making
Anna Maria Garthwaite made this example by first covering one side of a sheet of brown paper with black pigment. She then cut out the picture using either a scalpel-like knife or very fine scissors and pierced the surface of the paper in places with a needle or a pin. To add interest to the surface, she cut off some slivers of paper and stuck them down elsewhere in the picture, brown side up, as for example the branches of one of the trees. The cut-out paper picture was then laid onto a sheet of very white vellum (high quality parchment, made from animal skin) to make all the details as visible as possible.

People
As an adult Anna Maria Garthwaite was one of the most talented silk designers of her generation working in London. This work, made when she was 17 years old, gives some indication of her youthful artistic ability, which laid the foundations for her future success. Some of the trees in this cut-paper work resemble her watercolour textile designs of the 1720s.

Subject Depicted
This cut-paper work picture shows a country house of around 1700 surrounded by gardens, with gardeners clipping trees. Huntsmen are shown chasing deer in a wooded park and in the upper right corner is a village with houses clustered around a parish church.
Collection
Accession Number
E.1077-1993

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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