Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
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
Sitterback to top
- Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi (1924-2005), Sculptor and graphic artist. Sitter in 25 portraits, Artist or producer of 14 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi (1924-2005), Sculptor and graphic artist. Artist or producer of 14 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Gibson, Robin, Treasures from the National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 131
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 479
Events of 1987back to top
Current affairsHurricane-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).
Art and scienceAlan Bennett's series of monologues Talking Heads is aired by the BBC. The series featured a set of characters that show the secret lives of the English: their dreams, frustrations, and fantasies. The impressive cast included Dame Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters and Bennett himself.
InternationalThe second largest ever one-day percentage decline in the stock market is named Black Monday. The Dow Jones index in the USA dropped dramatically followed by similar drops around the world. It is still unclear what exactly caused the crash, although worldwide panic selling certainly made it escalate.
Terry Waite is taken hostage while trying to negotiate the release of four men held by the Islamic Jihad in Beirut.
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