Used to describe both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric and other ephemera are arranged and stuck down to a supporting surface

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  • Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, 'I was a Rich Man's Plaything' 1947

    Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
    I was a Rich Man's Plaything 1947
    Collage mounted on card
    support: 359 x 238 mm
    Presented by the artist 1971 The estate of Eduardo Paolozzi

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  • Margaret Mellis, 'Sobranie Collage' 1942

    Margaret Mellis
    Sobranie Collage 1942
    Collage on paper laid on board
    support: 263 x 370 mm
    Purchased 1985 The estate of Margaret Mellis

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  • Peter Blake, 'The Toy Shop' 1962

    Peter Blake
    The Toy Shop 1962
    Mixed media, glass and painted wood
    displayed: 1568 x 1940 x 340 mm
    Purchased 1970 Peter Blake 2002. All rights reserved, DACS

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The term collage derives from the French words papiers collés or découpage, used to describe techniques of pasting paper cut-outs onto various surfaces and was first used as an artists’ technique in the twentieth century.

Collage can also include other media such as painting and drawing, and contain three-dimensional elements.