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Damien Hirst's Breakfast Time Sketches

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Damien Hirst's Breakfast Time Sketches
Photo The Wolseley Hotel_David Loftus

Napkins, placemats and paper table cloths have seen the doodlings of many a budding artist over the years, yet not many make it to the heady heights of fame, except when of course, we're talking about the musings of a world famous artist, like Damien Hirst.

In fact the British artist's breakfast sketches are so valuable that a collection of over 70 of his portraits scribbled on placemats over breakfast meetings have been donated to the British Museum in London.

From 2004 to 2010 the artist held regular breakfast meetings with his former business manager Frank Dunphy at The Wolseley, an upmarket resaurant in mayfair in Central London, and produced portraits on the back of the resaurants 22cm placements on his lap while they talked.

The collection of signed placemats, known as The Wolseley Drawings, some of them coffee and egg stained, will enter the muesums archives.

"Drawing in restaurants is “a sort of meme of 20th-century artists – even while you’re waiting for your porridge you’re creating” said Hugo Chapman the British Museum’s curator of prints and drawings to the Associated Press.

History doesn't relate Hirst's favourite breakfast choices, although boiled eggs and "soldiers" must have made the grade, inspiring this first sketch during a discussion held between the two breakfast companions on which way to tackle eating an egg.

Here's a look at some of the collection:

‘Frank Eggs-ellent Dunphy’  




Untitled, Portrait of Frank, by Damien Hirst


SKULLDUGGERY DAY, June 2007, Damien Hirst


All images courtesy of The British Museum

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