Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F , Case X, Shelf 1032, Box A

Uncle Cyril arriving for Tea

Photograph
1977 (made), 1977 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Bennett made this portrait for a series of 36 that he titled ‘The Family’. The exhibition toured widely and was featured on television in 1977, in the BBC ‘Arena’ programme.

Bennett subsequently worked as a photomontage artist. He aimed ‘to arrive at a satirical or humorous end which is mass-published’. In 1989 his work featured in ‘The Satiric Verses’ in the magazine Private Eye.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Toned composite gelatin-silver print
Brief Description
'Uncle Cyril arriving for Tea', Gelatin-silver print photomontage, Michael Bennett, 1977
Physical Description
Gelatin-silver print photomontage; circular image of a man on amotorcycle. Behind him is a hedge, and behind that looms a McVities' 'Rich Tea' biscuit (oversized and making up the upper part of the image).
Dimensions
  • Height: 4cm
  • Width: 4cm
Gallery Label
Gallery 100 ‘A History of Photography’, 2014-2015, label text: Michael Bennett (1954–) ‘Aunt Ena Watching Telly’, ‘Janet and the Kids Departing’, ‘Cousin Tony Looking For a Job’, ‘My Dad and a Rainy Day’, ‘Uncle Cyril Arriving For Tea’, ‘Sister Sally with Her Cat’, ‘My Mum at the Window of Our House’, ‘Uncle Ralph Relaxing’ 1976 These photographs record moments in the lives of Bennett’s extended family in Kent. They combine humour and charm with emotion and intimacy, prompting us to reflect on the relationships and values that characterise our own families. Gelatin silver prints Given by Michael Bennett Museum nos. E.333, 332, 330, 334-2013, PH.1049-1978, E.338, 336, 335-2013 (06 03 2014)
Credit line
Copyright Michael Bennett
Object history
Since 1965 Michael Bennett has used photomontage - combining fragments of various images - to make a satirical or political comment. Uncle Cyril arriving for Tea, for example, was one of his first images, in which scale and incongruity are exploited to full comic effect. He has said that his "basic ideas are to manipulate images, to continually experiment, and to arrive at a satirical or humorous end which is mass published." In accordance with these aims, Bennett’s publications have included a series of postcards intended for cheap and widespread distribution.
Subjects depicted
Summary
Bennett made this portrait for a series of 36 that he titled ‘The Family’. The exhibition toured widely and was featured on television in 1977, in the BBC ‘Arena’ programme.



Bennett subsequently worked as a photomontage artist. He aimed ‘to arrive at a satirical or humorous end which is mass-published’. In 1989 his work featured in ‘The Satiric Verses’ in the magazine Private Eye.
Collection
Accession Number
PH.1049-1978

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record createdJuly 29, 2003
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