About this artwork

This sculpture was conceived by Maddox in 1940 after he spotted a mannequin which was about to be thrown out of a shop. He took it home and added various found objects - a plastic lobster, a painted bottle, netting and other elements - to transform it into the 'Cloak of Secrecy'. Maddox feels that his surrealist objects, such as this piece, discredit the world of reality as we perceive it. He has remarked that this piece 'took on the absurd quality of a dream with its lack of apparent reasonableness.'

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  • title:
    The Cloak of Secrecy
  • accession number:
    GMA 4283
  • artist:
    Conroy MaddoxEnglish (1912 - 2005)
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  • materials:
    Mixed media, including mannequin parts, plastic lobster, painted bottle, netting, sequins, doll's head and wire.
  • date created:
    1940
  • measurements:
    173.00 x 38.00 x 38.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased with a contribution from The Elephant Trust 1999
  • copyright:
    © Consent given by kind permission of the artist's daughter
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Conroy Maddox

Conroy Maddox