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  • Place of origin:

    Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900-1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tonks, Henry, born 1862 - died 1937 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and chalks

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Collins Baker in memory of the Artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 159, box A

Physical description

Two three-quarter length studies of a woman draped at the hips, and a pencil sketch of her head in profile. 3 drawings on one sheet.

Place of Origin

Britain (drawn)


ca. 1900-1930 (made)


Tonks, Henry, born 1862 - died 1937 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and chalks


Height: 18.8 in, Width: 15.5 in

Object history note

Given (with a number of other drawings by Henry Tonks) by Mr and Mrs C. H. Collins Baker in memory of the artist.

Descriptive line

Henry Tonks. Studies of a draped female figure and a head in profile. Great Britain, ca. 1900-1930.

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

Owens, Susan, The Art of Drawing British Masters and Methods since 1600, V&A Publishing, London, 2013, p. 153, fig. 123
Lambert, Susan. Drawing: Technique & Purpose. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1981. p.36.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1937, London: Board of Education, 1938.

Labels and date

Tonks was an influential teacher at the Slade. Having trained initially as a surgeon, he brought a profound knowledge of anatomy to his second career. He taught students to make numerous rapid studies from the model and insisted that getting the contours right was more important than producing a finished composition. []


Paper; Chalk



Subjects depicted

Female nude; Art school drawings




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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