Karl Weschke

Tiger Tiger


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Karl Weschke 1925–2005
Woodcut on paper
Image: 233 × 116 mm
support: 455 × 300 mm
Purchased 1997

Display caption

Born in Germany, Weschke came to Britain as a prisoner of war and has remained here ever since. In 1953, struggling to earn a living, he became an assistant to the lion feeder at a London circus. He took advantage of the situation to make drawings and prints of circus animals.

In the early twentieth century, the German Expressionists made many woodcuts, and in choosing this medium Weschke is looking to his native heritage, while the title of this work suggests his debt to Britain in its reference to a poem by William Blake. For each example of the Tiger prints the artist inked the block in a different way, so each one is unique.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Technique and condition

A unique woodcut printed in red, yellow and black ink on grey laid paper taken from a sketchbook. A watermark, 'CM' is visible in the top left corner. The paper has a crease through the bottom left corner. The print is signed and dated in the margin.

Calvin Winner
March 1998


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