Although this work is only attributed to Barry, it shows the closely-spaced nervous parallel lines and the use of stipple (the dots used to model the face) characteristic of his later drawing style. The ink has been identified as iron-gall because the dark, opaque areas are showing signs of corrosion. The ink has also absorbed UV light very strongly, another factor suggesting iron-gall ink. In order to slow down the corrosion, this work must be stored and exhibited in a carefully controlled environment.
Gallery label, August 2004