John Varley Preliminary Sketch for Plate 4 of ‘Treatise on Zodiacal Physiognomy’ 1828

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Artist
John Varley 1778–1842
Title
Preliminary Sketch for Plate 4 of ‘Treatise on Zodiacal Physiognomy’
Date 1828
Medium Graphite and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 174 x 227 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Martin Butlin CBE in memory of Hugo Schwab 1991
Reference
T06495
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In his publication Varley, like Lavater, gave particular prominence to profiles rather than full-face images. The shape of the forehead, nose and chin played an important part in his readings. The second head drawn here in ink was identified in Varley’s book as ‘Capella as transmitted from Taurus’, and is suggestive of a bullish character.

March 2011

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