Unknown artist, Britain

Study of a Man’s Head


Not on display

Unknown artist, Britain
Ink on paper
Support: 82 × 71 mm
Presented by the Rev. John Gibson 1892

Catalogue entry

N02221 Study of a Man's Head ? c. 1765

Pen and iron-gall ink on cream hand-made laid paper 82×71 (3 3/16×2 3/4), laid down on similar paper, within ruled ink borders Presented by the Revd John Gibson to the National Gallery 1892; transferred to the Tate Gallery 1919

PROVENANCE ...; Revd John Gibson by 1892
LITERATURE Michael Ayrton and Bernard Denvir, Hegarth's Drawings, 1948, p.78, pl.31 (as Hogarth ‘c. 1740’)

This drawing entered the National Gallery's collection with N02220, each with an attribution to Hogarth which cannot be supported. In the case of N02221, the attribution evidently derived from an inscription of c. 1800 on the verso of the paper on which the drawing is laid, which reads ‘The person who gave this Drawing assures me that it was bought of Mrs Hogarth - that it was her Husbands Portrait and done by himself. It seems to be in the bold style of his Engravings.’

N02220and N02221 appear to be by different unknown hands. In N02221 the penwork has some similarity with that of John Hamilton Mortimer; this drawing may be by one of his colleagues at the St Martin's Lane Academy.

Published in:
Elizabeth Einberg and Judy Egerton, The Age of Hogarth: British Painters Born 1675-1709, Tate Gallery Collections, II, London 1988


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