Peter Blake
The Toy Shop 1962

Artwork details

Artist
Peter Blake born 1932
Title
The Toy Shop
Date 1962
Medium Wood, glass, paper, plastic, fabric and other materials
Dimensions Displayed: 1568 x 1940 x 340 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1970
Reference
T01175
Not on display

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Blake was interested in a wide range of cultural forms, from high art to pop music and children’s toys. Like many young ‘Pop’ artists of the time he was fascinated by American popular culture, such as denim jeans and the music of Elvis, which arrived in Britain in the late 1950s.

Alongside this, Blake retained a strong interest in English popular culture. His work suggests a sense of nostalgia for the paraphernalia of his childhood. Blake collected old toys and related imagery; this piece developed as both a work of art and a store for his collection of objects.

April 2005