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Landscape Idyll

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (possibly, made)
    United States (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1997 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Atkinson, Conrad, born 1940 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Iris print with hand colouring

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LP, shelf 8

Conrad Atkinson has always been deeply concerned with the manipulation and abuse of ordinary people. He made this print as part of a project around the issue of landmines.

In 1996 Atkinson made an installation for Tullie House in Carlisle, in which he scattered ceramic 'landmine' look-alikes throughout the museum among the objects of the permanent collection. Each, however, was decorated with a familiar, culturally iconic pattern, such as bunches of flowers, pictures of babies, reproductions of famous paintings, Wedgwood vases, and so on. Decorated and dispersed, they were both disguised and unexpected in the collection as the visitor viewed it. In this they referred to an element in an actual mine's success. They also punned on the notion of souvenir as something that reminds us of a place we once visited, which stays with us for a very long time. Produced very cheaply in massive numbers for a particular kind of market, souvenirs become deeply embedded in the culture. Atkinson was also reflecting on the idea that a 'culture which produces bombs also produces the kind of work which we see in our museums'.

The series of prints was made as a way of promoting these ideas to a wider audience.

Physical description

Small image with wide unprinted borders, of a landmine looking like a Wedgwood pot, decorated in blue and white pattern of cherubs, swags, etc. Three or four thin spokes sticking from cap.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (possibly, made)
United States (possibly, made)


1997 (made)


Atkinson, Conrad, born 1940 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Iris print with hand colouring

Marks and inscriptions

Conrad Atkinson 1997
Signature; date; bottom right of sheet; pencil; 1997


Height: 23.9 cm plate, Width: 15.5 cm plate, Height: 55.5 cm sheet, Width: 38.5 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'Landscape Idyll', iris print with hand colouring, by Conrad Atkinson, Great Britain, 1997

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Nima Poovaya-Smith Conrad Atkinson in Conrad Atkinson: Transient, Tulllie House Museum, Carlisle, 1996.

Production Note

This print - one of a series - relates to work created for an installation at Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, in 1996, but as Atkinson has been Chair and Professor of Art at The University of California at Davis, since 1992, the prints may have been made in the USA.

Attribution note: There is no edition no. on this print.


Printing ink; Paper; Body colour; Watercolour


Iris print; Hand colouring

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Weapons; Landmine; Englishness; War; Wedgwood vase; Cultural identity


Arms & Armour; Ceramics; Politics; Prints; Vases


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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