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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    late 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McQuirk, John, born 1933 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pastel on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3H, shelf 3

John McQuirk is a self-taught artist with a spiritual outlook and a highly personal idiom. His radiantly colourful drawings, like his poetry, are inspired by and seem to be a way of exorcising a traumatic childhood and adolescence spent in a succession of Catholic orphanages. After a chequered career following various occupations, including builder and bingo-caller, McQuirk began to paint and draw in earnest late in life. He is now one of the most commercially successful and critically appreciated artists on the ‘outsider’ scene.

Physical description

Pastel drawing

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


late 20th century (made)


McQuirk, John, born 1933 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pastel on paper


Height: 41.7 cm, Width: 59.2 cm

Descriptive line

Untitled drawing by John McQuirk




Pastel drawing

Subjects depicted

Catholicism; Pattern; Faces; Anthropomorphic forms; Symbols


Christianity; Drawings; Paintings; Images Online; Anthropomorphism

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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