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Archie Lafferty, Aged 6

© the Eardley estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photo credit: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

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Archie Lafferty was living in one of the Glasgow tenements when he sat for this portrait. He identified himself to the staff at the Herbert Art Gallery in 1988 during an exhibition of Joan Eardley's work. It is one of her most successful character studies.

The figure is seen head on, his face half in shadow. His pose, with ankles crossed and hands clasped, gives an impression of contained nervous energy.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum





oil on canvas


H 61 x W 41 cm

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purchased, 1965

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Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

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