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Drawing - Jigger Jagger

Jigger Jagger

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1985-1992 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Martin, Barry, born 1943 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and wash on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 83

Barry Martin (born 1943) is a graduate of Goldsmith's College and of St Martin's School of Art, both especially influential in the 1960s when he was studying there. He has worked in various media - including kinetic sculpture, film, performance, and the making of environments - but the constant in his work has been drawing, either as a working tool, as a means of recording and observing, or as an end in itself. For Martin, drawing is a system of signs analogous to those of language, and also an intellectual process of enquiry, analysis and proposition.

His gift of drawings spans his career from the time he was a student in the 1960s, until the 1990s. This is a piece from the mid-1980s, ‘Jigger Jagger', an abstract composition developed from forms which recurred and mutated in his work at this time. For other drawings by Martin in the V&A collection see E.315-321-2006.

Physical description

Abstract portrait-format wash drawing on paper

Place of Origin

London (made)


1985-1992 (made)


Martin, Barry, born 1943 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Barry Martin 1992'
Signature and date; in pencil


Height: 35.5 cm, Width: 25.5 cm

Descriptive line

'Jigger Jagger', abstract wash drawing on paper by Barry Martin, London, 1985-1992




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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