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Print - Two Harlequin Figures
  • Two Harlequin Figures
    Holmes, Ronald Frederick, born 1924 - died 1977
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Two Harlequin Figures

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    early 1950s (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Holmes, Ronald Frederick, born 1924 - died 1977 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 295, box A

This print by Ron Holmes is titled Two Harlequin Figures and it was inspired by the spirit of art and design generated by the Festival of Britain in 1951. Holmes designed textiles and commercial graphics, and worked as a printmaker and photographer alongside teaching graphic design. Holmes worked with a variety of print techniques such as linocut and woodcut; this print is a lithograph.

The harlequin and his ballerina partner are frozen in mid-dance, with a deconstructed town scene in the background. The strong colours are limited to yellow, blue and red. The expressive movement of the dancers corresponds to the vivid colours used.

Physical description

Print showing two harlequin figures dancing, evoking the spirit or art and design generated by the Festival of Britain (1951)

Place of Origin

Great Britain (printed)


early 1950s (printed)


Holmes, Ronald Frederick, born 1924 - died 1977 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'1/9 CEH pp RF Holmes'
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Height: 49 cm plate, Width: 38 cm plate, Height: 63 cm sheet, Width: 50.5 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Colour lithograph, 'Two Harlequin Figures', by Ronald Frederick Holmes, ca. 1951

Subjects depicted

Dancing; Harlequin; Ballerinas; Dancers




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