'Map of Days'

'Map of Days', by Grayson Perry, 2013 - NPG 6998 - © Grayson Perry and Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd

© Grayson Perry and Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd

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'Map of Days'

by Grayson Perry
etching from four plates, artist's proof, 2013
43 3/4 in. x 59 5/8 in. (1111 mm x 1515 mm) overall
Purchased, 2015
Primary Collection
NPG 6998

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  • Grayson Perry (1960-), Artist. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.

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  • Grayson Perry (1960-), Artist. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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Map of Days is a highly unusual self-portrait, taking the form of a map of a walled city. Areas in and around the city correspond to the life events, experiences and emotions of the artist Grayson Perry. Perry describes the city as dependent on the landscape in which it sits: 'I absorb the influences and the ideas of the landscape I find myself in'. This portrait was loosely inspired by a map depicting John Bunyan's 1678 allegory, The Pilgrim's Progress.

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