Table Mat II
Etching and aquatint1977
About the work
Place: British Embassy, UK representation to the EU & UK delegation to NATO
The subject of this etching and aquatint is a table setting, consisting of silver cutlery and a decorative table mat. As an artwork that is hung on the wall for viewing, the print emphasises the pictorial qualities of the functional items it depicts. It also explores the idea of reproduction: on the one hand, the printing process itself enables multiple copies; on the other, the hunting scene visible on the table mat based on an old master painting, is suggestive of museum merchandising.. A year prior to producing this work, Terence Millington had contributed to a print portfolio in response to a painting by the Romantic landscape painter John Constable from the collection of Tate (see GAC 12958).
Speaking of his work, Millington has stated that:
My images are drawn from the familiar, commonplace subjects. I consider each as a separate entity with a particular ingredient rather like a portrait.
About the artist
Born in 1942, Terence Millington studied painting at the Birmingham College of Art in the 1960s where he was awarded the Jackson Travelling Scholarship. He later undertook a postgraduate course in printmaking at Manchester College of Art. He established an etching workshop in 1970 and his first colour etchings were published by Editions Alecto. He has taught courses in the graphic arts at Birmingham, Bath, Leeds and St Albans’ Schools of Art. Millington's aquatints and engravings have been exhibited widely, and his work can be found in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Tate Collection and the Arts Council of Great Britain.
Terence Millington (1942 - )
- Table Mat II
- Etching and aquatint
- Purchased from Waddington Galleries, April 1977
- below image: 49/50 / Table mat II / Terence Millington 77
- GAC number