Although can’t confirm these studies were made in the Studio, perhaps they were…

All images ©2010 London Transport Museum & Transport for London


We’re at the zoo, by Kraber, circa 1938

Medium: Conté crayonDimensions: Width: 630mm, Height: 1010m
Reference number: 2006/12546


Giant panda, by Clifford Ellis and Rosemary Ellis, 1939

Published by London Transport, 1939
Printed by Dangerfield Printing Company Ltd, 1939
Format: Panel poster
Dimensions: Width: 305mm, Height: 255mm
Reference number: 1983/4/10384


The zoo; camel, by Bip Pares, 1939

Published by London Transport, 1939
Printed by The Baynard Press,
Format: Double royalDimensions: Width: 635mm, Height: 1016mm
Reference number: 1983/4/5341



Today was a visit to the RA library and archives. Searching through the records of the RA from 1937 – 1939 a list of student prize winners could be found for each year.

In 1938 Helen Jean Young won a few prizes and previous research has confirmed that she attended zoo classes with Skeaping. Need to find that reference again but I think it was the classes before the studio was built. A couple of weeks ago I had a phone call from David Parfitt from the NEAC with an address for Jean Young from the NEAC records. Not sure how to follow this up but even if the classes she took were from the early 30’s perhaps she visited the studio once it had been built. She was still a student and in London.

The stills above show the gap in the shelf of the book I was referring to. The RA library is particularly stylish, with the classic leather toped tables but with quality modern elements which stop it from feeling too stuffy. The shelves were stained dark grey/green and I underexposed the videos to reflect that I wasn’t very clear what I was looking for and to try and capture some of the qualities of the space. Perhaps it is too underexposed but when edited with other footage maybe it wont seem this way?

Today we looked through ten years of prize winning archived drawings from the Slade in the search for drawings of animals perhaps made in the zoo and specifically the studio of ’37-’39.

These are screen shots of the video shot during the search, when played back the process looks almost choreographed, the record of the sequence of searching reflecting the catalogue of the works and the control of the lists and the locations.

Nothing relevant was found here and the only animals were a monkey and a peacock from Baroque Drawing by Mary Adshead, 1928, Accession number SDC6140.

Unfortunatley it has been impossible to hold an exhibition of drawings from the Studio of Animal Art for the interim show but the search for drawings will continue.

Tomorrow there is a visit to the Strang Print Room, UCL. Later in the week is an appointment a the RA Archives to search for some there.

The exhibition will be a future event. In the meantime there will be explorations of the presentation of the material, its sourcing documented here