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Dancing Waiters

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Dancing Waiters
  • Description

    Three figures dancing, central figure with leg outstretched precariously balancing tray in left hand. 1935
    Wood-engraving, on thin oriental paper

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1935
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 129 millimetres
    • Width: 129 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed on the block
  • Curator's comments

    Edition of about 20

  • Location

    American XXc Mounted Roy

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    21 August 2008

    Treatment proposal




    Treatment details

    Mounted into an overthrow 3ply Royal mount using Heritage conservation board and hinged to backboard using Japanese paper hinges and Culminal adhesive (non-ionic cellulose ether).

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Credit line on labels and catalogues: 'Gift of Carla Becker to the American Friends of the British Museum'. Formally acquired in 2012

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 2009, AFBMLoan,9.1 (AFBM Loan Number)
Fragmented image of a face; eyes, nose and mouth are most prominant. This is a portrait of Fred Becker, the artist's husband.  1947

Fragmented image of a face; eyes, nose and mouth are most prominant. This is a portrait of Fred Becker, the artist's husband. 1947 Engraving

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