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    Study for the portrait of Dr Adolf Jann; head, turned slightly to right, wearing spectacles. 1968 Watercolour, over graphite, touched with ball-point pen

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    • 1968
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    • Height: 178 millimetres
    • Width: 166 millimetres
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        Verso inscribed: "Study of head/Adolf Jaun" and inscribed: "GS4(a)/CAT/NO. 90"
  • Curator's comments

    This study was executed in 1968, for the two definitive portraits of the sitter that were subsequently completed in 1971. The present drawing is a sensitive study of the head drawn at a fairly advanced stage of work on the portrait, in which Sutherland is seeking to pin down the essence of the sitter’s complexion as it altered under light and shadow and, in particular, the dramatic effect caused by the glint of the slightly tinted spectacles on the flesh tones round the eyes.
    Sutherland did numerous studies for the two definitive portraits of this sitter, three of these drawings are in the BM collection, see1980,1011.135, 1980,1011.134 and 1980,1011.137

    Lit.: 1977, National Portrait Gallery, London, Cat.No.90


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    British Roy PVIIIb

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    1977, London, NPG, No 90

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