Dora Carrington

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This self-portrait is undated but is thought to have been made around 1910. In that year Carrington entered the Slade, dropped her first name (which she hated), and cropped her hair – thus becoming one of the first 'cropheads', as Virginia Woolf called them. The portrait depicts Carrington prior to her adoption of the short hairstyle that became something of a trademark. It thus shows her around the age of 17, though the features are rendered with a penetrating sensitivity that belies the artist's youth. Portraits of Carrington are rare, the most notable example being the gouache by Mark Gertler dated 1912, which is in a private collection.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Dora Carrington




pencil on paper


H 22.8 x W 15.2 cm

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purchased, 2005

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