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Drawing - The Courtesan
  • The Courtesan
    Lewis, Wyndham, born 1882 - died 1957
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The Courtesan

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1912 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lewis, Wyndham, born 1882 - died 1957 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    ink and pastel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the family of the late Capt. Lionel Guy Baker, in accordance with his expressed wishes, 1919.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 192, box C

Percy Wyndham Lewis was among the first artists in Britain to incorporate elements of the experimental European movements Cubism, Expressionism and Futurism into his work. He developed a distinctive style which was characterised by linear and formal distortion. Lewis founded the Vorticist group, a short-lived avant-garde movement which used angular and repetitive forms to express the experience of modernity.

Physical description


Place of Origin

England (made)


1912 (made)


Lewis, Wyndham, born 1882 - died 1957 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

ink and pastel

Marks and inscriptions

W. Lewis 1912

Descriptive line

Percy Wyndham Lewis (1884-1957), 'The Courtesan'; signed W. Lewis 1912; pen and ink and pastel

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921
Owens, Susan, The Art of Drawing British Masters and Methods since 1600, V&A Publishing, London, 2013, p. 155, fig. 124
Edwards, Paul (ed.), Wyndham Lewis, 1882-1957 . Fundación Juan March, Madrid, 2010


Ink; Pastel






Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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