Sir Eduardo Paolozzi Plaster for ‘Mr Cruikshank’ 1950

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Plaster for ‘Mr Cruikshank’
Date 1950
Medium Plaster and pencil
Dimensions Object: 290 x 290 x 200 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Reference
T03765
Not on display

Display caption

Mr Cruikshank was the name that scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave to a wooden head used to measure the penetration of X-rays into the cranium. Paolozzi read about it in various magazines and pasted the articles into a scrapbook (displayed in the vitrine nearby). From the magazine photographs he made a clay model and later cast this plaster version.

August 2004

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