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Mr Peanut
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2015

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Mr Peanut 1970

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The geometric background is based upon an image Paolozzi found in a 1927 German magazine called 'Kosmos'. The original illustration was meant to explore the possibilities of depicting music with visual means. The figure of Mr Peanut, taken from an advert for Planter's Peanuts, had already appeared in one of Paolozzi's collages of 1949. Paolozzi subsequently developed the imagery of rhythmic patterns and structures in his relief sculptures and in his printmaking.

Glossary Open


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.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.


A form of sculpture where the image or design projects from a flat surface types of which include, bas-relief or low relief.

Collage, Print, Relief


  • Acc. No. GMA 4051
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 69.80 x 48.50 cm (paper: 80.50 x 55.50 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995