Catalogue entry

Leslie Hurry 1909-1978

T04156 Courtesan 1941

Watercolour and Indian ink on paper 447 x 293 (17 5/8 x 11 1/2)
Inscribed ‘Leslie Hurry 1941' b.1. and ‘COURTESAN' on back b.1.
Purchased from John Hurry Armstrong the artist's nephew (Grant-in-Aid) 1986
Prov: Bequeathed by the artist to John Hurry Armstrong
Exh: Leslie Hurry, Redfern Gallery, Nov.-Dec. 1941 (1); Recent Watercolours by Leslie Hurry, Redfern Gallery May-June 1945 (70); Leslie Hurry, Mercury Gallery, Jan.-Feb. 1979 (3); Leslie Hurry: A Painter for The Stage, Leslie Hurry: Un Peintre Pour La Scène, The Gallery, Stratford, Ontario, June-Sept. 1982, Lincoln Center, New York, Dec. 1982-Jan. 1983, Dallas Public Library, Texas, Feb.-April 1983, McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas, April-June 1983, Art Gallery, Coburg, Ontario, June-July 1983, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, Aug.-Sept. 1983, McCare Museum, Montreal, 1983 (P5); Leslie Hurry, The Minories, Colchester, Oct.-Nov. 1987 (17).

See entry on ‘A Land Unvisited' (T04155). Hurry frequently drew a figure with two heads, often as here with one shared eye. In this case the features are not symmetrical, as the crowned head at the left, which seems to be female, has both a left eye without a pupil and also a part of the central eye, shared with the figure on the right.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.186