A phrenology of the artist’s mind: Grayson Perry‘s 2004 “Map of an Englishman”

Exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, Grayson Perry’s 2004 “Map of an Englishman” is a 120 x 150 cm psychogeographical exploration of the artist’s mind.

Etched in a mock-Tudor style, an imaginary island, vaguely reminding the form of the brain, is surrounded by the seas of Perry’s psychological flaws (Schizophrenia, Delirium, Anorexia Nervosa), while the countryside is defined by the artist’s “prejudices, fears, desires and vanities” in the shape of the counties of “Sex”, “Tender”, “Cliche” or “Dreams”.

Further reading:
Stratafigura’s Grayson Perry knows where to poke
Brain Picking’s Mapping the Human Condition

Click for a 2000px-wide version of the map:


  1. Andi says

    I’m looking to purchase a print/poster of Matthew Graysons’ Map Of An Englishman….please can you help ??? Any assistance you could give me would be greatly appappreciated cheers Andi 😊


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