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The Owl and the Pussycat

© Peter Blake. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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Peter Blake is the best known artist of the 1960s Pop Art movement. Many homes have an example of his work in the Beatles' 'Sergeant Pepper' album, for which he designed the cover. 'The Owl and the Pussycat' was painted to fit its Art Nouveau embossed copper frame, of about 1900, and Blake's pea-green boat echoes the design of the one on the frame. The beginning of Edward Lear's nursery rhyme is illustrated and includes the jar of honey and the money wrapped in a five pound note.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



The Owl and the Pussycat




tempera on hardboard


H 27.3 x W 31.8 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from the artist, while in progress, with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery and the Wills Fund, 1981

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