Nigel Henderson
Head of a Man 1956

Artwork details

Nigel Henderson 1917–1985
Head of a Man
Date 1956
Medium Photographs on paper on harcboard
Dimensions Support: 1597 x 1216 mm
Acquisition Presented by Colin St John Wilson 1975
Not on display

Display caption

Henderson's images of the human head have been seen as the culmination of what he referred to as his 'stressed' photographs. These are full of destruction, atrophy
and decay. They have been related to his traumatic experiences during the Second World War (1939-45) and have been seen to be suited to an age of nuclear anxiety.


This work was the centrepiece of a section of the influential This is Tomorrow exhibition (1957), which was likened to 'a shed¿ excavated after an atomic holocaust'.

September 2004

About this artwork