(Australia 08 May 1943– )
93.0 x 101.7 x 101.5cm overall dimensions:
a - Luna Park chess table; 54.8 x 101.7 x 101.5cm
b - Luna Park chess table: Drawer A; 10.5 x 65.7 x 44cm
c - Luna Park chess table: Drawer B; 10.9 x 65.7 x 43.8cm
d - AUSTRALIA - ROOK 1: Lamington (1); 7.8 x 7.8 x 7.6cm
e - AUSTRALIA KNIGHT: Slim Dusty; 20.5 x 8 x 5.9cm
f - AUSTRALIA - BISHOP: Joan Sutherland; 22.7 x 11.4 x 6.4cm
g - AUSTRALIA - QUEEN: Dame Edna Everage; 30 x 5.5 x 6.4cm
h - AUSTRALIA - QUEEN: Kim [from Kath and Kim]; 24 x 6.3 x 5.6cm
i - AUSTRALIA - KING: Norman Gunston; 25.4 x 7.5 x 5.5cm
j - AUSTRALIA - BISHOP: David Gulpilil; 22.6 x 7.8 x 5.6cm
k - AUSTRALIA - KNIGHT: Ned Kelly; 7.6 x 7.7 x 5.6cm
l - AUSTRALIA - ROOK: Lamington ; 7.8 x 7.6 x 8cm
m - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Minnie Peters [Ginger Megg's gir; 10.5 x 7.7 x 5.5cm
n - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Blinky Bill; 10.2 x 8.1 x 5.6cm
o - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Nutsy [from Blinky Bill]; 10.3 x 7.8 x 5.7cm
p - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Ginger Meggs; 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.6cm
q - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Walter Wombat [from Blinky Bill]; 11.1 x 7.9 x 5.6cm
r - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Splodge [from Blinky Bill]; 11.5 x 7.6 x 6cm
s - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Snugglepot and Cuddlepie; 10.2 x 8.1 x 5.6cm
t - AUSTRALIA - PAWN: Mrs Magpie [from Blinky Bill]; 10.3 x 7.8 x 5.6cm
u - ENGLAND - ROOKE: Castle ; 12.5 x 10.2 x 5.7cm
v - ENGLAND - KNIGHT: Prince Andrew; 20.1 x 9.8 x 6cm
w - ENGLAND - BISHOP: Princess Diana and Prince Charle; 13.8 x 10.4 x 5.8cm
x - ENGLAND - QUEEN: Queen Elizabeth II; 16.1 x 13 x 5.6cm
y - ENGLAND - KING: Prince Philip; 17.3 x 9.5 x 5.7cm
z - ENGLAND -BISHOP: Camilla Parker Bowles; 15.6 x 8.7 x 5.9cm
aa - ENGLAND -BISHOP: Queen mother; 12.5 x 7 x 5.8cm
bb - ENGLAND - KNIGHT: Princess Anne; 20.3 x 8.2 x 5.9cm
cc - ENGLAND - ROOK: Castle ; 12.5 x 10.2 x 5.6cm
dd - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi ; 11 x 7.8 x 5.5cm
ee - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi ; 11.5 x 7.8 x 5.7cm
ff - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi ; 11 x 7.9 x 5.5cm
gg - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi ; 11.1 x 7.8 x 5.6cm
hh - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi ; 10.9 x 8 x 5.7cm
ii - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi ; 11 x 7.6 x 5.7cm
jj - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi ; 11.1 x 7.7 x 5.8cm
kk - ENGLAND - PAWN: Corgi ; 11 x 7.4 x 5.7cm
ll - Perspex lid; 39.8 x 83.2 x 83.2cm
mm - Drawer A: cover; 61.1 x 36 x 0.6cm
nn - Drawer B: cover; 61.4 x 36.1 x 0.6cm
"The chess set evolved from conversations with friends ... all the pieces are popular characters I admire. I didn't set out to make a joke of the Royal Family, but they are ideal humorous figures".
Peter Kingston, 1981
Created between 1976 and 1978, then revised and updated in 1981 to commemorate the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, 'England -v- Australia chess set' features a menagerie of characters representing the Colonial and the colonized. Cuddlepie and the corgi, the Queen Mother and the Opera Diva Dame Joan, each figure is carved meticulously from Oregon and lovingly hand painted in enamel.
The pieces cavort across a table flanked on four sides by the laughing, benevolent face which graces Sydney's Luna Park.
Throughout the ensuing decades, Kingston has continued to produce chess sets, creating 'New York chess set' and 'Art lovers chess set' in the 1980s, and more recently, in a tribute to his beloved funfair, he produced 'Luna Park chess set' in 1995.
Jill Bowen, The Australian women's weekly 07 Jun 1978, 'Anyone for chess with Corgi and Bess?', pg. 46-47, Sydney, 07 Jun 1978, 46-47 (colour illus.).
Kate Crawford, The Mosman daily: incorporating North Sydney 02 Dec 2004, 'Spotlight on Kingston art', pg. 27, Parramatta, 02 Dec 2004, 27.
Gavin Wilson, Harbourlights: the art and times of Peter Kingston, Victoria, 2004, (colour illus.).
Natalie Wilson., Notes from the river caves: Peter Kingston and Martin Sharp 2006, 'Notes from the River Caves: Peter Kingston and Martin Sharp', Sydney, 2006, (colour illus.). Website catalogue for the 'Notes from the River Caves: Peter Kingston and Martin Sharp' exhibition held at the AGNSW in 2006.
Peter Kingston (1978), Hogarth Galleries, Australia, 30 Sep 1978 -
Peter Kingston (1993), Australian Galleries, Sydney, Paddington, 24 May 1993–19 Jun 1993
Peter Kingston: a survey:
Australian Collection Focus: Notes from the River Caves: Peter Kingston & Martin Sharp, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Sep 2006–19 Nov 2006