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Acquired in 1994 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Flocon, Albert
attributions_note
bibliography
Strachan, Walter J. Graphic owls from France: variations on a theme in an English private collection. Connoisseur. Aug. 1972. pp.240-247. Referred to on p. 246. Illustrated on p. 245. Strachan, Walter J. Only connect ... poets, painters, sculptors: friendships and shared passions 1924-1994. Jon Carpenter Publishing, 2004. Illustrated on p. 110.
collection_code
PDP
credit
Bequeathed by Walter Strachan
date_end
1962-03-16
date_start
1962-03-16
date_text
16/03/1962 (made)
descriptive_line
Pen and wash drawing, man and owl, by Albert Flocon, 1962.
dimensions
Height: 31.5 cm, Width: 24.8 cm
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exhibition_history
gallery
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E
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historical_significance
history_note
This forms part of a collection of prints, drawings and paintings of owls bequeathed to the V&A by Walter Strachan (1903-1994). Strachan, a scholar and collector of Livres d'Artistes, became friendly with a large number of artists, who, on hearing that he had a fondness for owls, began sending him images to add to his collection.
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10823
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last_checked
2014-08-29T19:57:18.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:57:18.000Z
latitude
46.712448
location
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 6, box E
longitude
1.71832
marks
16.3.62 1. ? Athenas ferre. / 2. Coals to Newcastle. / Hibous à Strachan. Avec l'amitie de A. Flocon. Paris le 16.4.64
materials
paper, wash, pen
materials_techniques
Pen and wash drawing on paper
museum_number
E.232-1994
museum_number_token
e2321994
object_number
O117477
object_type
Drawing
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1
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original_price
physical_description
Pen and wash drawing on a page torn out of a spiral bound notebook. It shows a man and an owl. The man is sitting on the left. The owl is on a pillar to the right and is wearing spectacles. To the left of the image is a humourous note 1. ? Athenas ferre. / 2. Coals to Newcastle. / 3. Hibous à Strachan (Owls to [Walter] Strachan), referring to his growing colleciton of images of owls.
place
France
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production_note
Reason For Production: Private
production_type
Unique
public_access_description
Painter and Bauhaus professor Albert Flocon (born 1909) sent this playful note showing an owl wearing spectacles to the poet and scholar Walter Strachan (1903-1994). It is part of a collection of images of owls which he amassed. Strachan also owned several books by Flocon, who is known for his writings on experimental perspective, which he illustrated himself. His most famous book is Perspectives (1948), which had the distinction of having poems written for the illustrations, rather than the other way round. The poems were by Paul Eluard (1895-1952). Strachan was fascinated by the art of the book. His interest was inspired by a visit to an exhibition of artists’ books at the National Gallery in London in May 1945. In due course he wrote many articles on the subject, as well as a major reference work, The Artist and the Book in France (published 1969); he also encouraged successive Keepers of the National Art Library at the V&A “to buy them for England.” To this end he visited France every year, to meet the artists, and acquired proof pages to illustrate his articles and to show to potential purchasers of the books, including the V&A. Over the years he amassed a collection of images of owls; some of these were illustrations from livres d’artistes, and others were designed especially for him as gifts or greetings. The collection of owls began with a visit to the artist Roger Chastel (1897-1981) in 1952, where he witnessed the printing of Le Bestiaire de Paul Eluard. In a subsequent article (“Genesis and Growth of a Collection”, for Connoisseur, 1972) he explained: “My article on Chastel’s Bestiaire had the happy result of bringing me a special print on Auvergne paper of the owl which I had admired in the book. Contacts in the art-world of Paris are close and friendly, and I was marked down as an owl-man, in consequence of which I have gradually been given dedicated owl prints and originals in every medium from pen and ink to enamel…”
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2
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VA
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drawing-flocon-albert
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2013-08-25T00:00:00.000Z
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year_end
1962
year_start
1962