'In 1963 I went to Venezuela. The invitation came from Miguel Aroyo, Director of the Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracus, who had asked if I would make a visit to help the sculptors there who were less familiar with international art than the painters were ... the British Council would cover the cost of the return air fare. Hans Neumann, a very rich Venezuelan, would cover the cost of my living expenses there' (see T. Woollcombe, op. cit., p. 71).
While working in Venezuela Armitage created the first cast of Pandarus, which was originally intended to be cast just once for the collection of the Museo de Bellas Artes. However, Hans Neumann, Armitage's wealthy patron, requested another cast of the sculpture for his collection. The payment for this work was donated to the local sculptors in the form of an Armitage 'Fundacion'.
The present work bears close similarity to Pandarus (Version 8), 1963, in the collection of Tate Gallery, London. Armitage explored this theme in a number of works between 1962 and 1964 (see also lot 18).