As Katharina Fritsch’s bright blue Hahn/Cock sculpture is unveiled on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, let’s look how the cockerel has puffed its plumage in a selection of artworks from the Tate collection

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  • André Masson, 'Ibdes in Aragon' 1935

    Andr Masson
    Ibdes in Aragon 1935
    Oil on canvas
    support: 600 x 924 mm frame: 743 x 1660 x 54 mm
    Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1946 The estate of Andr Masson

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  • André Fougeron, 'The Cock Fighters' 1950

    Andr Fougeron
    The Cock Fighters 1950
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1298 x 1945 x 22 mm
    Purchased 2000 The estate of the Andr Fougeron

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  • Edward Ruscha, 'RED ROOSTER' 1996

    Edward Ruscha
    RED ROOSTER 1996
    Acrylic and pencil on lithograph on paper
    support: 540 x 711 mm
    ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 Edward Ruscha

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  • Johan Zoffany, 'Colonel Mordaunt's Cock Match' circa 1784-6

    Johan Zoffany
    Colonel Mordaunt's Cock Match circa 1784-6
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1039 x 1500 x 20 mm frame: 1235 x 1695 x 85 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, the Friends of the Tate Gallery and a group of donors 1994

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  • Pablo Picasso, 'Cock' 1932, cast 1952

    Pablo Picasso
    Cock 1932, cast 1952
    Bronze
    object: 655 x 582 x 395 mm
    Purchased 1953 Succession Picasso/DACS 2002

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  • Colin Lanceley, 'Pan Twardowski' 1972

    Colin Lanceley
    Pan Twardowski 1972
    Screenprint on paper
    image: 775 x 578 mm
    Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 DACS, 2002

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  • Rebecca Horn, 'Black Cockfeathers' 1971

    Rebecca Horn
    Black Cockfeathers 1971
    Feathers, metal and fabric
    displayed: 300 x 765 x 360 mm
    Purchased with assistance from Tate Members 2002 DACS, 2002

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  • Sarah Lucas, 'Chicken Knickers' 1997

    Sarah Lucas
    Chicken Knickers 1997
    Photograph on paper
    image: 426 x 426 mm
    Purchased 1998 Sarah Lucas

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  • Marc Chagall, 'The Blue Circus' 1950

    Marc Chagall
    The Blue Circus 1950
    Oil on canvas
    support: 349 x 267 mm frame: 540 x 464 x 45 mm
    Presented by the artist 1953 ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

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  • Dame Elisabeth Frink, 'The Nun's Priests' Tale' 1972

    Dame Elisabeth Frink
    The Nun's Priests' Tale 1972
    Intaglio print on paper
    image: 497 x 345 mm
    Presented by Waddington Galleries through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 Frink Estate

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A symbol of strength and pride or one of flamboyance and downright showing off? Get familiar with these feathered friends in our collection.