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T00205 HEAD OF CHRIST c. 1949–50
Gouache, 21 3/4×27 3/4 (55·5×70·5); the actual drawing is on irregular shaped paper mounted diagonally.
Bequeathed by Mrs Nancy Connell 1958.
A study, found in the artist's studio after her death, for the Crucifixion in Eton College Chapel. See T00204.
Two other drawings for the head of Christ were included in the Evie Hone exhibitions (Dublin 36 and 42; London 69 and 70), as well as two monotypes (Dublin 12 and 15; London 80 and 81), and a stained-glass panel lent by the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres (Dublin 75; London 23, repr. in both catalogues, Dublin pl.11, London pl.6).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I
A design for the East Window of Eton College Chapel which was commissioned in 1949 after bomb damage had destroyed the earlier glass in 1941 and was completed in 1952. It shows the Crucifixion in the upper tier and the Last Supper flanked by the sacrifices of Melchizedec and of Abraham below. The window was described in The Times, 4 August 1952, and in The Listener, 21 August 1952, p.310.
A scale drawing from which the window was made belongs to the National Gallery of Ireland and was exhibited in Dublin, 1958 (45), and at the Arts Council Gallery, London, 1959 (66). The cartoon belongs to St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Kildare, and was exhibited in Dublin, 1958 (61), and at the Tate Gallery, as part of the Arts Council exhibition, January–June 1959 (32).