The Little Monster

Peter Clough, 27/12/1928 - 30/6/1991

The Little Monster

Peter Clough 27/12/1928 - 30/6/1991


An angular and abstract sculpture of welded iron in jagged and spiked forms; it stands on a pair of straight, narrow legs set at an angle and rests back on a 'tail'; the form is surmounted by a curved crest with a line of spikes fixed along the top edge. The sculpture is mounted on a low, rectangular wooden plinth with a title plaque.

Display Label

Room 2: Cold Cases This room showcases a changing selection of 10-15 sculptures under investigation. These are artworks about which we have little information, are in poor condition or have been off display for a long time and would benefit from new research. The aim is to open up this research process more publicly and consider how a public gallery and its users can care for and use collections. Each object has a case file that includes the object record from our database and copies of any archival material in the artist’s file with new material to be added as research develops. A research board for each object will raise questions and lines of enquiry and be a space where new information can be shared. Artists’ files are normally only accessible by appointment – this time we are crowd-sourcing information. By filling in the gaps in our knowledge, we can all better understand these works of art. At the start of this room are three sculptures by Algardi, Cassidy and Hepworth which are well documented, researched and regularly exhibited, so have been considered ‘collection highlights’. Other works we know little about.

Object Name

The Little Monster

Creators Name

Peter Clough

Date Created



Whole: 36.8cm x 56cm
With base: 39 x 53

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On Display

[G12] Manchester Art Gallery - Gallery 12
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