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For a while in the late 1950s Paolozzi lived in the Hampstead house of a friend, who was one of the staff in charge of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. He decided that he wanted to try casting his own small bronzes, rather than having to rely upon the formalities of a bronze foundry. Paolozzi set up a small foundry in the back garden of the Hampstead house and cast a handful of small figures, of which this is a significant example. The small figures were modelled in wax and cast directly into bronze via the lost wax casting method. The textured surface of this figure gives it the appearance of an archaeological discovery.

September 2004