Surrealism erupted onto the British art scene with the ‘International Surrealist Exhibition’ in 1936. The show was organised primarily by David Gascoyne and Roland Penrose together with Herbert Read. The selection of work by British artists was difficult as no formal British surrealist group existed. However, over 390 paintings, sculptures and objects by sixty-eight artists were chosen. Works were hung in double or triple rows, alternating large and small paintings. Ethnographic sculptures and found objects were interspersed throughout. Intriguingly Salvador Dalí attempted to deliver a lecture whilst wearing a deep-sea diver’s suit and holding two hounds on a leash, but he had to be rescued after nearly suffocating. During its three-week run the exhibition attracted over 23,000 visitors.