How many miles to Babylon? (from the Nursery Rhymes series)

Rego, Paula
Paula Rego first encountered English nursery rhymes aged ten at her English school in Portugal. In 1989, with a young grand-daughter she rediscovered them through a series of etchings. Following the tradition of John Tenniel's famous illustrations for 'Alice in Wonderland', she treats the fantastic realistically, dresses animals in human costume and introduces dream-like distortions of scale. She was particularly attracted to the possibility of using humour to confront terror, as she says, 'I paint to give fear a face.' Ann Jones
  • Artwork Details: Image, 32.5 x 21.5cm Paper, 52 x 38cm
  • Edition: 21/50
  • Material description: etching with aquatint
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Figurative
  • Medium: Print
  • Accession number: ACC58/1990



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