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.
Gallery label, September 2004