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Revolution with Tank

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1985 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sandle, Michael, born 1936 (artist)
    Fischer Fine Art (publisher)

  • 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 238

Michael Sandle, born (1936) and brought up on the Isle of Man, is best known as a sculptor but spent most of his time whilst a student at the Slade in the etching and lithography studios. In a statement made in 1988 he averred that printmaking was a seminal activity for him, which significantly affected his development as an artist, particularly the way he continued to draw and he confessed to sometimes having a longing to make prints.

This somewhat fantastical image shows a knight on horseback bearing a military standard, accompanied by a soldier with a drum, both advancing before an armoured tank through a devastated landscape. In a vague way the image is reminiscent of Albrecht Durer's print 'Knight, Death and the Devil' and possibly Sandle was deliberately invoking this time-honoured image of the futility of war and valour. As with many of his prints of the 1980s this image appears to be influenced by Vorticism or Futurism, artistic movements of the early 20th century which looked to the machine as an aesthetic inspiration.


1985 (made)


Sandle, Michael, born 1936 (artist)
Fischer Fine Art (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and aquatint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Michael Sandle 1985 30/30'
Signed and inscribed with date and edition no. in pencil.


Height: 34.5 cm plate, Width: 29.4 cm plate

Descriptive line

Michael Sandle: Revolution with tank. Etching and aquatint. 1986


Paper; Printing ink


Etching; Aquatint

Subjects depicted

War; Tanks


Prints; Arms & Armour

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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