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  • 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 37

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 image, of an athletic male swinging a hammer to a gong, interprets the symbol displayed on cinema screens showing films produced by the J. Arthur Rank Organisation. Sandle's print 'Mad Max' (E.524-1988) and his many works embracing the concept of 'Mickey Mouse' indicate his interest in the cinema as a purveyor of contemporary culture. Here the cinematic icon is redrawn to underline the dynamic power of the film industry.


1985 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Etching and aquatint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Michael Sandle 1986 30/35'
Signed and inscribed with date and edition no. in pencil.


Height: 19.7 cm plate, Width: 15.6 cm plate

Descriptive line

Michael Sandle: Rank. Etching and aquatint. 1986

Production Note

Attribution note: The image plays on the logo for J.Arthur Rank Film Studios


Paper; Printing ink


Etching; Aquatint

Subjects depicted

Power (political); Power (economic); Power (military); Cinema



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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