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Drawing from Perceived Inaccuracies

October 30, 2014

I’ve started to work on brainstorming some of the comments people make about portrayals of history in media such as film and television. Sometimes the makers get details wrong, but sometimes viewers are mistaken and perceived inaccuracies aren’t actually there. It is often hard to tell fact from fiction and artistic license is often used when portraying history for entertainment. Some of these comments/questions have led to monoprint drawings, with little sketches and quotes.

Copyright Tansy Hutcheson-Lovett

I think that in some cases, objects may appear which aren’t strictly accurate for the exact year, but they set the scene for the viewer and can help tell a story. The example below is from Downton Abbey, the episode was set in 1924 and it was questioned whether or not the character visiting London would actually have seen red double decker buses at that time. Research online seems to suggest that they would have been made a year or two after it was set, so not far off. I would imagine that finding old vehicles in good working order for strict historical continuity is quite difficult!

Copyright Tansy Hutcheson-Lovett

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