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The Giant Stride

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1922 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Platt, John Edgar, born 1886 - died 1967 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on tracing paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Liza Axford, grand-daughter of the artist

  • Museum number:

    E.1630-2000

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 62, box A

Physical description

Drawing for the woodcut 'The Giant Stride' in black and red ink featuring boys and girls swinging around a pole. The swing takes centre stage in the image and consists of a large central pole with chains and wooden batons which the children grip with both hands. The background features a seascape with sailing ship, bi-plane, windmill and figures sunbathing on the shore. To the left are a group setting up and other smaller figures in the distance. To the right a boy digs in sand while two women sit under a parasol and further back another couple sit beside a striped bathing tent (for changing into swimming costumes); another person flies a kite, with a sketch of the same in the margin. In the foreground sitting watching the swing is a young girl, a terrier dog and beach ball and kite. Even further back can be seen a group of smaller figures. The scene is set in the 1920s.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1922 (made)

Artist/maker

Platt, John Edgar, born 1886 - died 1967 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on tracing paper

Marks and inscriptions

POWERFUL STRAIGHT / ANGULAR QUICK
Annotation on image, top left

TREMULOUS / THIN ZIG ZAG
Annotation on image, centre left

HEAVY / CHEVRON
Annotation on image, centre left

TREMULOUS / SENSITIVE
Annotation on image, left of centre

CURVILINEAR
Annotation on image, within beach ball, bottom centre forground

OVALS
Annotation in pencil top centre above margin

1918
Part of image, carved into swing pole, top centre

ANGULAR / POSITIVE / CURVILINEAR / SENSITIVE
Last two words crossed through; annotation on image, top centre

curvilinear
Annotation, top right above margin

ANGULAR / RAGGED
First word crossed through; annotation on image, top right

CURVILINEAR
Annotation on image, centre right

Concentric ellipses
Annotation in pencil bottom right in margin

ovals
Annotation in pencil bottom right in margin

Dimensions

Height: 20.2 cm approx., irregular, Width: 44.5 cm approx., irregular

Descriptive line

Drawing for the woodcut 'The Giant Stride' by John Edgar Platt ca. 1922; Britain.

Materials

Pen and ink; Tracing paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Parasol; Dog (animal); Kites; Swings; Beach ball; Sailing ship; Aeroplane; Tents; Children; Seaside; Windmill

Categories

Drawings; Prints; Entertainment & Leisure

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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