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Collage - Elephant Bird Collage
  • Elephant Bird Collage
    Penrose, Roland Sir, born 1900 - died 1984
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Elephant Bird Collage

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Europe (made)

  • Date:

    1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Penrose, Roland Sir, born 1900 - died 1984 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Collage with paper and string

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from the Artist in 1972.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Elephant Bird, showing and abstract image of a very large bird with various parts of its body represented by a collage of prints and photographs; the plume on the head represented by a map of Northern Spain; the head by card board with the eyes being black card; the body is overlapping prints of the base of the Eiffel Tower, with one wing represented by two prints of the Sacre Coeur and orange card, the other outstretched being cream folded card. At the bottom is a sepia print of a park landscape with pond and ducks, on the right of which is an abstract of a long horn shaped object with circles of string.

Place of Origin

Europe (made)


1938 (made)


Penrose, Roland Sir, born 1900 - died 1984 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Collage with paper and string

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated lower left in pencil 'R Penrose ' 38'. Along lower edge to right lower corner a watercolour signed and dated 'W Cowen 1851'


Height: 80 cm, Width: 54.3 cm, Height: 98.3 cm Framed, Width: 75.5 cm Framed, Depth: 2.1 cm Framed

Descriptive line

'Elephant Bird', collage of string and paper by Roland Penrose (1900-84) 1938.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1972


Cardboard; String; Glue; Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Sacre Coeur; Eiffel tower



Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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