N05293 Head of a Girl 1898
Inscribed 'Renoir' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 10 5/8 x 7 7/8 (27 x 20)
Bequeathed by Sir Hugh Walpole 1941
Prov: With Durand-Ruel, Paris (purchased from the artist 1901); with Howard Putzell, Los Angeles, 1936; Sir Hugh Walpole, London
Exh: Hugh Walpole's Collection, French Gallery, London, May-June 1937 (40); The Tate Gallery's Wartime Acquisitions, National Gallery, London, April-May 1942 (97); A Selection from the Tate Gallery's Wartime Acquisitions, CEMA touring exhibition, September 1942-September 1943 (70)
Repr: Studio, CXXIV, 1942, p.15
This picture has sometimes been entitled 'Head of a Little Servant Girl', though in the Durand-Ruel records it appears simply as 'Bust of a Woman, 1898'. Renoir often used his servant girls as models in his later years, but this girl looks rather young to be in service.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.624-5, reproduced p.624