- John Varley 1778–1842
- Graphite and ink on paper
- Support: 174 x 227 mm
- Presented by Martin Butlin CBE in memory of Hugo Schwab 1991
In his publication Varley, like Lavater, gave particular prominence to profiles rather than full-face images. The shape of the forehead, nose and chin played an important part in his readings. The second head drawn here in ink was identified in Varley’s book as ‘Capella as transmitted from Taurus’, and is suggestive of a bullish character.
Gallery label, March 2011