George Dance

A Portrait of a Woman Holding a Baby

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
George Dance 1741–1825
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 187 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08387

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Dance was one of the leading architects of his day. His position placed him at the heart of the London art world. He was a founding member of the Royal Academy and Professor of Architecture there between 1798 and 1806. He was also an avid drawer and is perhaps best known for the profile portraits he sketched of members of the art establishment. The sitter in this delicate pencil drawing is unidentified. Its informality and spontaneity suggest it was sketched from life.

Gallery label, October 2019

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