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Pencil Drawing - Missile Story

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The Artist, courtesy of Laurent Delaye Gallery, London

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Basic Information

Accession Number:2000P20.1
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1998 - 1998

Maker Information

Artist:Chad McCail - View biography for Chad McCail


Working in full opaque watercolour, or as here in fine illustrative line, McCail invents a nightmarish boys' own narrative. In correspondence he describes the source as a vivid dream, which occurred at a time when he 'had been trying to make large pencil drawings which depicted how a military-industrial system trained and used those whom it employed'. In the dream 'I was driving through tall thick pine trees in a mobile missile launcher. There were two of us ... We came into a clearing of huge trees and got out. The pilot climbed into the missile and it took off ...'

Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2000.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Medium:Graphite on paper.


Height:887 mm
Width:893 mm