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Drawing - Front and Back View No. 1
  • Front and Back View No. 1
    Haysom, Juliet, born 1978
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Front and Back View No. 1

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    2005 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Haysom, Juliet, born 1978 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil drawing

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 214, box B

Sculptor Juliet Haysom is interested in 'doubleness'. She says, 'I noticed that a silhouette of a figure ... could be read as either a front or back view. However, like Wittgenstein's rabbit/duck figure it could not be seen as both simultaneously.... In this series I drew onto photocopies of postcards showing women in landscape to push them into this ambiguous position.'

Physical description

Photocopy of postcard in shades of grey showing a female figure standing on a grassy slope holding a tennis racket and ball. Heavy pencil shading over the area of the figure (excluding hair and lower legs) makes it into a silhouette, and therefore impossible to tell whether it is a front or a back view.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (possibly, made)


2005 (made)


Haysom, Juliet, born 1978 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil drawing


Height: 21.1 cm, Width: 14.9 cm

Object history note

This drawing is part of the '40 Artists - 40 Drawings' series acquired as a group in 2007

Descriptive line

'Front and Back View No. 1', photocopy of photograph showing standing female figure standing on a grassy slope with heavy pencil shading over the figure. By Juliet Haysom, 2005





Subjects depicted

Visual pun; Silhouettes; Tennis




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