Hair can be an indicator of such things as gender, age, religion and social position, and the hairstyle we sport can tell a story – or paint a picture – of who we are. We’ve picked out a few zany ‘dos’ from our collection…what stories do you think they tell?

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  • Robert Mapplethorpe, 'Tattoo Artist's Son' 1984

    Robert Mapplethorpe
    Tattoo Artist's Son 1984
    Black and white silver gelatin print on paper
    support: 477 x 376 mm
    ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008All Mapplethorpe works Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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  • Julio González, 'Girl Dressing her Hair' 1942

    Julio Gonzlez
    Girl Dressing her Hair 1942
    Drawing and watercolour on paper
    support: 267 x 371 mm
    Presented by Mme Roberta Gonzalez-Richard, the artist's niece 1972 ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

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  • Prince Hoare, '[title not known]' date not known

    Prince Hoare
    [title not known] date not known
    Pencil and chalk on paper
    support: 104 x 127 mm
    Purchased as part of the Opp Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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  • Simon Du Bois, 'Portrait of a Gentleman, probably Arthur Parsons MD' 1683

    Simon Du Bois
    Portrait of a Gentleman, probably Arthur Parsons MD 1683
    Oil on canvas
    support: 769 x 642 x 19 mm frame: 947 x 822 x 65 mm
    Presented by the Patrons of British Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1998

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  • Erté (Romain de Tirtoff), 'Number Seven' 1968

    Ert (Romain de Tirtoff)
    Number Seven 1968
    Lithograph on paper
    image: 648 x 502 mm
    Presented by Curwen Studio through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 Sevenarts Ltd. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2002

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  • Sir Jacob Epstein, 'Portrait of Iris Beerbohm Tree' 1915

    Sir Jacob Epstein
    Portrait of Iris Beerbohm Tree 1915
    Bronze
    object: 348 x 290 x 228 mm
    Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1996 The estate of Sir Jacob Epstein

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  • Robert Mapplethorpe, 'Diane Benson' 1980

    Robert Mapplethorpe
    Diane Benson 1980
    Black and white silver gelatin print on paper
    support: 340 x 341 mm
    ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008All Mapplethorpe works Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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  • Robert Mapplethorpe, 'Andy Warhol' 1986, printed 1990

    Robert Mapplethorpe
    Andy Warhol 1986, printed 1990
    Black and white silver gelatin print on paper
    support: 570 x 475 mm
    ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008All Mapplethorpe works Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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  • Chris Ofili, '[no title]' 1999-2000

    Chris Ofili
    [no title] 1999-2000
    Etching, aquatint and drypoint on paper
    unconfirmed: 260 x 210 mm
    Purchased 2000 Courtesy Chris Ofili - Afroco and Victoria Miro Gallery

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  • Chris Ofili, 'afro' 2000

    Chris Ofili
    afro 2000
    Pencil on paper
    support: 565 x 760 mm
    Presented by Victoria Miro Gallery 2000 Courtesy Chris Ofili - Afroco and Victoria Miro Gallery

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  • Martin Kippenberger, 'Candidature for a Retrospective' 1993

    Martin Kippenberger
    Candidature for a Retrospective 1993
    Lithograph on paper
    image: 698 x 498 mm
    Purchased 2005 Estate Martin Kippenberger/Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

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  • attributed to Nicholas Hilliard, 'Queen Elizabeth I' circa 1575

    attributed to Nicholas Hilliard
    Queen Elizabeth I circa 1575
    Oil on wood
    support: 787 x 610 mm
    Lent by the National Portrait Gallery, London 1965Photo Tate

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  • George Romney, 'Lady Hamilton as Circe' circa 1782

    George Romney
    Lady Hamilton as Circe circa 1782
    Oil on canvas
    support: 533 x 495 mm
    Bequeathed by Lady Wharton 1945

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  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 'Monna Vanna' 1866

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    Monna Vanna 1866
    Oil on canvas
    support: 889 x 864 mm frame: 1290 x 1168 x 92 mm
    Purchased with assistance from Sir Arthur Du Cros Bt and Sir Otto Beit KCMG through the Art Fund 1916

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  • Jean Fautrier, 'Large Tragic Head' 1942

    Jean Fautrier
    Large Tragic Head 1942
    Bronze on marble base
    object: 385 x 210 x 215 mm, 11.9 kg
    Purchased 1992 ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

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  • Hans Hartung, 'No. 77' 1958

    Hans Hartung
    No. 77 1958
    Lithograph on paper
    image: 514 x 349 mm
    Presented by the Museum of Modern Art, New York 1976 The estate of Hans Hartung

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  • Mona Hatoum, 'Van Gogh's Back' 1995

    Mona Hatoum
    Van Gogh's Back 1995
    Photograph on paper
    image: 600 x 403 mm
    Purchased 1996 Mona Hatoum

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