View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- John Varley 1778–1842
- Graphite on paper
- Purchased 1997
This is one of Varley’s designs for the Zodiacal Physiognomy
(the relevant page is reproduced in a bound leaflet in this room). Varley included in the treatise a sketch after Blake’s Head of the Ghost of a Flea (hanging nearby) and two other profiles, which are labelled in the book as Gemini and Cancer. It seems that Varley may have used a living model at some stage, as the younger figure shown here appears to be named ‘Hannah’.
Gallery label, March 2011