Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Plaster for ‘Mr Cruikshank’

1950

Not on display

Artist
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi 1924–2005
Medium
Plaster and pencil
Dimensions
Object: 290 × 290 × 200 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Reference
T03765

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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

T03765 Plaster for ‘Mr Cruickshank’1950

Plaster and pencil, in two pieces, when assembled 11 3/8 × 11 3/8 × 7 7/8 (290 × 290 × 200)
Not inscribed Transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum 1983
Prov: Given by the artist to the Department of Circulation, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1971 (Circ. 683 and 683a-1971)

See entry for T03764.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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