Scottish, 1885 - 1978

Self Portrait

Date: ca. 1908

This self-portrait is a fascinating example of Duncan Grant’s artistic process and the way his style changed in different media. The drawing is a study for one of his earliest self-portraits. The finished painting that resulted from it is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. The drawing is full of energy and intensity. Its quick, nervous lines delineate Grant’s wiry frame and suggest an alert, vibrant personality. From this sketch Grant worked up a sober, dark-toned, bust-length portrait of himself in a dark suit.

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Medium: Pencil on paper

Dimensions: H: 18 x W: 11 7/8 in.

Accession: 0084

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Works on Paper - Subject Pictures

Tags: Scottish

Purchased February, 1982 from Anthony d'Offay. Exhibited at Anthony d'Offay, 9 Dering Street, New Bond Street London W1, "Duncan Grant - Works on Paper" November 25 - December 18, 1981, Catalogue #1, Illustrated.