Paula Rego

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Polly Put the Kettle on

1989
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This piece is from Paula Rego’s 1989 series of etching and aquatint prints, Nursery Rhymes. Originally conceived as a present for her granddaughter, Rego put her own distinctive storytelling spin on the nursery stories and fairy tales. Here, an oversized Polly and Sukey are in the kitchen, with a group of men sat at the table. Polly is animating one of these men as if he were a toy. In an interview with The Observer, Rego explained, ‘And these are the soldiers who have come for tea. What they don't realise is that they are the tea - they're chocolate soldiers, you see?'
  • Artist Paula Rego
  • Artwork Polly Put the Kettle on
  • Exhibition Paula Rego
  • Date of work 1989
  • Credit Original: Etching and aquatint324 x 215 mm Collection Ostrich Arts Ltd (PR)© Paula Rego
Paula Rego was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1935 and has travelled between London and Portugal throughout her life. She studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and throughout her career she has revolutionised the way in which women are represented, playing a key role in redefining figurative art in the UK and internationally. Her early paintings in Portugal were semi-abstract, sometimes applied to violent or political subjects that revealed a love of story-telling that had been awakened in her as a child by folk-tales related by a great-aunt. She is drawn to subjects that are well known, and takes her imagery from sources as varied as Peter Pan and Mary Magdalene. Her work is part of many public collections, including Tate’s collection.
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We aim to deliver custom prints within 2-4 weeks.

As each print is handmade to order they take a little longer to prepare. We’ll dispatch your order as soon as it is ready, separately from any other items.

UNFRAMED PRINTS DELIVERY CHARGES

UK — £3.60 per order

Europe — £15.00 per order

Rest of world — £28.00 per order

FRAMED & CANVAS PRINTS DELIVERY CHARGES

UK — £7.50 per print

Europe — £20.00 per print

Rest of world — £50.00 per print

We currently offer free standard delivery on all UK orders over £60. Here’s more information on delivery.

REFUNDS & RETURNS

As custom prints are made to order, unfortunately we cannot accept returns if you have changed your mind or made a mistake.

If we have made a mistake, or there is a problem with your order, then please contact our customer service team at at shop@tate.org.uk.

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