Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

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Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
bronze statuette, 1987
32 1/4 in. x 13 3/4 in. (820 mm x 350 mm) overall
Purchased, 1987
Primary Collection
NPG 5952

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This is a scaled down version of the life size bronze The Artist as Hephaestus, commissioned by London and Bristol Developments in 1987 for their offices at 34-36 High Holborn. Hephaestus or Vulcan was the Graeco-Roman god of fire and maker of weapons for heroes, He taught man to use fire, and was the protector of craftsmen. The figure relates to a monumental bronze, The Artist as Hephaestus, formerly in High Holborn, London. Explore this portrait from all angles.

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Hurricane-force winds batter southern England, blowing-down trees, and damaging buildings, blocking roads and causing 19 deaths. The storm was not predicted by the Met Office, a fact that is often jeeringly referred to by quoting Michael Fish's response to a report that 'there was a hurricane on the way…don't worry… there isn't' (the report was actually referring to Florida, not the UK).

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