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This portrait was painted while Nevinson was studying at the Slade School of Art and may have been used to attract potential patrons. The influence of his teacher at the Slade, Henry Tonks, is evident in the attention to detail with which he has painted his facial features. His striking profile, set against a dark background, is reminiscent of portraits by the Italian Renaissance artist, Sandro Botticelli.

Nevinson later became involved with the Futurist Movement, contributing to the publication Vital English Art with Marinetti in 1914.

August 2004