“One picture is worth ten thousand words” (Frederick R. Barnard)
Drawings and paintings can enhance a display and convey lots of information in a relatively small space. A simple drawing can show how a found object may have been used, answer a visitor’s question and be easily changed when new information becomes available. The same illustrations may be used in museum publications, etc.
Above: Here is a view of the Roman dock at Haltern on the Lippe river with patrol boats and their sheds, based on excavations and research provided by archaeologists and historians. The meticulous drawing was made by Sam Embleton and the simple but atmospheric colour by Gerry Embleton.
Above: Native American scouts serving with General Forbes’ expedition in 1758 find the French Fort Duquesne abandoned and destroyed. This is now the site of Pittsburgh, USA (in fact the artist’s hotel now stands just about where the scouts are). Geographical location, weather, costume are correct, the rest is pure imagination but does convey to the viewer a feeling of how it might have been.
This painting was commissioned for the ‘French & Indian War Commemoration 250 years’ and published in ‘Pennsylvania’s Forbes Trail’, ISBN 1-58979-388-9.
Above: This painting was originally commissioned as a magazine illustration for an article on the retreat from Moscow. Although conditions, bridge constructions and clothing were carefully researched and eye witness accounts studied it is an imaginative interpretation of contemporary sources. This approach has a legitimate place in the presentation of past events as it engages and moves the visitor encouraging further enquiry. For the Musée Militaire, Colombier, Neuchâtel the painting has been enlarged to wall size along with the names of many Swiss soldiers in Napoleon’s service who died during the Napoleonic wars.
The most direct use of our artwork has been the Pfahlbaumuseum, Unteruhldingen’s splendidly honest response to young visitor’s most frequently asked questions. The director, staff and TM AG listened carefully and then compiled fifty responses, each one illustrated clearly, with a touch of humour, or at least a smile. The resulting exhibition has taught us as much as it has taught visiting schoolchildren.