Thomas HennellPortrait Study: Five Figures c.1935

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Artist
Thomas Hennell (1903‑1945)
Title
Portrait Study: Five Figures
Date c.1935
MediumInk and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 264 x 368 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1940
Reference
N05413
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This drawing of Hennell’s fellow inmates at Claybury mental hospital in Essex was captioned ‘We were debtors to the Sane’ when Hennell used it as the frontispiece in his book The Witnesses.

Hennell collected old hand-made paper for his drawings and often used marking ink, which he is said to have diluted down to a silvery grey by secret means.

September 2004

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