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Chalk Drawing - Head of a Lady

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1953P249
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1720 - 1764

Maker Information

Artist:William Hogarth - View biography for William Hogarth


Best known as a printmaker, Hogarth was also a fine painter and portraitist. This head demonstrates the straightforward manner in which Hogarth approached many of his sitters. He excelled at painting those he felt an affinity for or knew intimately and was less good at meeting the demands of a portrait market where flattery and social status were very important. This sitter may be a member of the family of Hogarth's father-in-law, Sir John Thornhill.

Presented by J Leslie Wright1953, received on his death, 1954.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Medium:Black and red chalk heightened with white on buff paper.
Material(s):Chalk pastel


Height:311 mm
Width:206 mm