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La Fornarina Visits London
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La Fornarina Visits London 1982

Not on display

Roland Penrose made collages throughout his life but had a particular burst of creativity during his later years. He made several series of collages using tourist postcards bought on travels abroad. This work is dominated by postcards of Raphael’s famous painting ‘La Fornarina’, which can be found in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica in Rome. These are combined with postcards of London, showing Tower Bridge at the top of the collage and the Houses of Parliament at the bottom. The work contains other collaged paper elements, including what appears to be part of a child’s drawing, on yellow paper at the top of the piece.

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An image constructed from found materials, such as photographs, paper or fabric, glued to a surface, sometimes with additional painted or drawn elements. It is an art form particularly associated with Dada and Surrealism.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4072
  • Medium Collage with crayon, pencil and gouache on card
  • Size 80.00 x 54.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995