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Doi Armour

  • Object:


  • Date:

    2nd half 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sandle, Michael, born 1936 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and aquatint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Fischer Fine Art Ltd., London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 276

Michael Sandle is best recognised as a sculptor but as a student at the Slade School of Art in London he spent most of his time in the etching and lithography studios. In a statement made in 1988 he described how printmaking was a seminal activity for him, significantly affecting his development as an artist and particularly influencing the way he continued to draw.

Sandle was born in the Isle of Man and, after a period of working in the USA and Canada, where the image of Mickey Mouse became a kind of metaphor for American military aggression in his work, he has spent much of his professional life in Germany at the Academy of Art at Karlsruhe. His work addresses the brutality of war, and his representation of weaponry and machinery has been influenced by the early 20th-century Italian Futurist artists. Much of his work has a memorial theme, looking back to various periods of intense international and global conflict.

This piece is not dated but appears to be an early work, probably made after studying a suit of Japanese armour at the Victoria and Albert Museum (Musem no. M.130-1914). ‘Doi’ was the familial name of the feudal rulers in a particular region of Japan, for whom the V&A suit of armour was made in 1799.


2nd half 20th century (made)


Sandle, Michael, born 1936 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and aquatint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'M Sandle/ Doi Armour/ Artist's Proof'
Signed and inscribed with titleetc. in pencil.


Height: 59.5 cm plate, Width: 42.3 cm plate

Descriptive line

Michael Sandle : Doi Armour . Etching and aquatint. not dated.

Production Note

'Doi' was the familial name of the feudal rulers in a particular region of Japan for whom the armour was made. The armour from which this image was drawn is likely to have been the suit on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum [museum ref. no.M.130-1914].


Paper; Printing ink


Etching; Aquatint

Subjects depicted



Prints; Arms & Armour

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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