Peter Blake

Illustration to the cover of ‘Face Dances’


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Peter Blake born 1932
Lithograph on paper
Image: 225 × 253 mm
Presented by Simon Wilson 1981

Catalogue entry

P11031 FACE DANCES 1981
Inscribed ‘Peter Blake’ bottom right and ‘34/300’
Lithograph, printed at Trademasters, 8 7/8× 10 (22.5×25.3)
Presented by Simon Wilson 1981

This print was editioned to be given away at the launching party for the album of the same title by The Who. The idea had arisen when Blake met Pete Townshend in America and was commissioned to design the album cover. The members of the group were to be photographed and then painted by sixteen different artists. The portraits, reading from left to right, are by:

Pete Townshend: Bill Jacklin, Tom Phillips, Colin Self and Richard Hamilton

Roger Daltrey: Michael Andrews, Allen Jones, David Inshaw and David Hockney

John Entwistle: Clive Barker, R. B. Kitaj, Howard Hodgkin and Patrick Caulfield

Kenney Jones: Peter Blake, Joe Tilson, Patrick Procktor and David Tindle.

Besides this edition and the album cover itself an unnumbered poster edition was issued with the album. The photo-lithograph was made from the original collage assembled by Blake.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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