Prunella Clough

Fence/Climbing Plant


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Prunella Clough 1919–1999
Watercolour and screenprint on paper
Image: 241 × 293 mm
Purchased 1984

Catalogue entry

P07917 Fence/Climbing Plant 1978

Screenprint 9 1/2 × 11 1/2 (241 × 293) on paper 11 1/2 × 13 1/2 (291 × 343) with hand colouring in watercolour, printed by the artist (not editioned)
Inscribed on the back 1978
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1984

These three prints [P07917, P07918, P07919] were made at Wimbledon School of Art while Clough was teaching there. In P07917 and P07918 the image from a single screen was used as a basis on which to try a variety of different drawn and painted additions. Clough would prepare a sheet in her own studio and then take it to Wimbledon and print the screen image over it, sometimes adding more work by hand afterwards. In ‘Fence/Climbing Plant’ there is a washed rubbed ground of soft grey with some purple and orange; in ‘Gate Detail’ the ground is also washed and rubbed with powdery-looking pigment, predominantly grey but with some pale yellow. In ‘Gate’ a more substantial screenprinted image is over-worked in red watercolour and crayon.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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