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Acorn

  • Object:

    Textile designs

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Albeck, Pat, born 1930 - died 2017 (artist)
    National Trust (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and felt tip pen on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    E.637-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 10D

These are designs for a range of merchandise and packaging for the National Trust, the heritage organisation responsible for historical houses and country estates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. While the merchandise would have had many uses in the home, most customers would have purchased items as souvenirs of their visit to a National Trust property. All the designs incorporate the same acorn motif, chosen for its associations with the nation, the past and the countryside. This brand identity becomes more important than the detailed design of individual items, as is clear from the way all 15 designs are shown together on a single sheet.

The drawing was made in 1970 by Pat Albeck, a textile designer. Felt-tip pen was new in Britain at the time and this example shows how effective a medium it could be.

Physical description

Drawing in felt tip pen and preliminary pencil on paper showing a range of goods featuring an acorn motif.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Albeck, Pat, born 1930 - died 2017 (artist)
National Trust (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and felt tip pen on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed throughout with labels; Handwriting; Felt tip pen; Albeck

Dimensions

Height: 36.6 cm, Width: 26.7 cm

Descriptive line

Pat Albeck. "Acorn". Designs for carrier bags, envelopes, boxes for packaging, swing tickets, chopping boards, price tickets, oven gloves, book matches, tin boxes and butchers apron to be retailed by The National Trust. British, 1970

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

John Murdoch and Susan Lambert, Summary Catalogue of Textile Designs 1840-1985 in the V. & A. Museum and colour microfiche, Surrey: Emmett Microform, 1986

Materials

Pencil; Felt tip pen; Poster colour

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Acorns; Shopping bags; Corporate identity; Oven gloves; Graphic design; Branding; Chopping boards; Aprons; Tea towel

Categories

Textiles; Designs; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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