Thomas Worlidge
Two Heads of Men, One a Caricature date not known

Artwork details

Thomas Worlidge 1700–1766
Two Heads of Men, One a Caricature
Date Date not known
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 117 x 197 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
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In this drawing Worlidge has made
a deliberate contrast between
the caricatured head to the right,
and the head to the left, which may
be a self-portrait.


During the 1750s and 1760s Worlidge
made many character studies of heads, inspired by the old masters, notably Rembrandt. He was probably also influenced by the general interest
at the time in the study of physiognomy: the art of discovering temperament
and character from outward physical appearance and expression. The drawing, made with Worlidge's characteristic diagonal pencil strokes, is initialled
'TW' with a flourish at the bottom right.

September 2004

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