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Machine Gun/Barrel/ Assembly

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on gold toned polyester film

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Fischer Fine Art Ltd., London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case 19, shelf G

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.

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 often represents weaponry, machinery and other military accuoutrements. Here, a machine gun is dissected and displayed with all the coolness of an anatomical or architectural drawing.


1972 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on gold toned polyester film

Marks and inscriptions

'M. Sandle April 1972 / M Sandle / Mickey-Mouse Machine-Gun Monument Drawing Victoria BC 11/70'
Signed and dated in the image and signed again in pencil. Lettered with caption and numbered in pencil.


Height: 101.5 cm sight size, Width: 64.3 cm sight size

Descriptive line

Michael Sandle: Machine Gun / Barrel Assembly. Screenprint on gold toned polyester film.1972


Card support; Printing ink; Polyester film


Screenprint; Aquatint

Subjects depicted

Machine guns; Power (political); Power (military)


Arms & Armour; Prints

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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