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Bubbles

Print
1887 (first published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Print, 'Bubbles'; wood-engraving proof depicting two girls blowing bubbles. One of 11 engravings showing different impressions from the wood-blocks and different stages in the printmaking process.

Two girls play beside some steps leading up into a garden with grass, border flowers and apple tree. One of the girls sits on a wall holding a bowl while the other holds a device used to blow bubbles. They watch a bubble floating between them. The girls are wearing white muslin dresses with sashes and bonnets.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wood engraving
Brief Description
Wood-engraving. Engraved and published by Edmund Evans Ltd. after a drawing by Kate Greenaway. 'Bubbles', 1887. One of 11 proofs showing different stages in the printing colour.
Physical Description
Print, 'Bubbles'; wood-engraving proof depicting two girls blowing bubbles. One of 11 engravings showing different impressions from the wood-blocks and different stages in the printmaking process.



Two girls play beside some steps leading up into a garden with grass, border flowers and apple tree. One of the girls sits on a wall holding a bowl while the other holds a device used to blow bubbles. They watch a bubble floating between them. The girls are wearing white muslin dresses with sashes and bonnets.
Dimensions
  • Height: 39.8cm
  • Width: 28.6cm
Styles
Production typeProof
Gallery Label
Evans was the leading colour printer in London from the 1870s. He used a wood engraving method to achieve a wide colour palette by overlaying hatchings, parallel lines and blocks of colour. Evans used photography to transfer the original watercolour drawing to the blocks before engraving them. He worked out the colours and how they combined by eye. The green is a mixture of yellow, blue and grey.(August 2019)
Credit line
Given by Mr. E. Wilfred Evans.
Object history
"Bubbles" was originally drawn as a colour illustration for the 1887 publication "Rhymes for the young folk" written by William Allingham and illustrated by Kate Greenaway, Helen Allingham, Harry Furniss and Caroline Patterson.
Production
Set of blocks and registration frame for printing in colour at E.1373-379-1936, and a set of progress proofs at E.1380-1390-1936.
Subjects depicted
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1936, London: Board of Education, 1937.
Collection
Accession Number
E.1390-1936

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record createdDecember 8, 2005
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