Drawing of a Man’s Head with an Unusual Turban

Drawing of a Man’s Head with an Unusual Turban

c. 1780

Gum tempera and gold on paper

Miniature: 22.6 x 16.5 cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/2 in.)

Purchase and partial gift from the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection; Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.174

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The man in the study appears to be a Hindu Rajput noble.

Description

The painting is a study of a man’s head, perhaps for a finished portrait. It was a common practice among artists to make preparatory sketches of people, to be manifested in later portraits. The artist has rendered the drawing with heavy outline on the eyebrows, eye, and moustache, while soft tones are employed for the modelling of the face.

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