Edgar Degas 1834-1917
N03833 Tête de Femme (Head of a Woman) c.1873
Oil on canvas mounted on millboard, 6 7/8 x 7 3/4 (17.5 x 20) >br>Presented by A.E. Anderson through the NACF 1924
Prov: [?M. Lafond]; with Leicester Galleries, London, 1922; A.E. Anderson, London
Lit: P.A. Lemoisne, Degas et son Oeuvre (Paris 1946), No.330, Vol.2, p.168, repr. p.169 (dated c.1873); Franco Russoli and Fiorella Minervino, L'Opera Completa di Degas (Milan 1970), No.369, p.104, repr. p.103
This head may have been cut down from a larger canvas. In the Leicester Galleries' records the name of the previous owner is almost illegible but looks like Lafond: this would probably be Paul Lafond, a friend of Degas' and author of an authoritative study on his work.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.145, reproduced p.145