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Oil Lamp
© Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS 2015

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Oil Lamp 1947

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The lamps used for this and related drawings were bought at a ship supply store in Leith, the port of Edinburgh, and were used by Paolozzi in his student accommodation in Cartwright Gardens in London. This collage was probably shown in his June 1947 show at the Mayor Gallery. The sell-out success of the show provided Paolozzi with £75 and the means to make his long-dreamed-of move to Paris. He remembered London at that time as grey, bleak and no match for exotic Paris.

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.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4019
  • Medium Collage on paper
  • Size 48.00 x 22.50 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995