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Head of a Girl

Head of a Girl is a poignant and haunting study of a little girl, in black and white pastel, and conveys the empathy and the sadness Peake felt for society’s forgotten people. She is posed, hand on her chin, looking down to the right-hand corner of the page. From the inscription on the work, this is possibly a study of the donor, Mrs Pamela Grove, as a child.
  • Mervyn Peake
  • Painting
  • Pastel on paper
  • 37 x 28 cm
  • Donation 1981 Presented by the FNCI in 1981 from the bequest of Mrs Pamela Grove