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Head of Dorelia McNeil (1881-1969)

JOHN, Augustus (1878 - 1961)

Head of Dorelia McNeil (1881-1969)

Media: oil on plywood

Size: 40.1 x 33.3 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 162

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

Purchased by Gwendoline Davies in 1916 together with the Self-Portrait, this work was probably executed in Chelsea in 1911. John first met Dorelia McNeill in 1903 through his sister Gwen John. This work is an exceptionally fresh study drawn in pencil directly on its unprimed plywood support. The blue background and mauve dress were speedily blocked in and the flesh and hair tones added before the previous pigment had dried. John's small panel A Girl in Purple, also depicting Dorelia, was the most progressive work in An Exhibition of Works by Certain Modern Artists of Welsh Birth or Extraction in Cardiff in 1913-14.


Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
29 June 2015, 11:08

Hi Bernadette,

The painting is on display in gallery 15 at National Museum Cardiff. Find out more about how to visit here: Plan your visit

Digital Team

Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
22 June 2015, 13:45

Hi Bernadette,

Thanks you for your enquiry, I will pass it on to a colleague in the art department.

Digital Team

Bernadette Challener
22 June 2015, 13:07
Can I ask is this currently on display and also when you hang paintings in the gallery what are your considerations especially in the case of this painting. Thank you I am hoping (transport allowing)I can get to Cardiff to see this but would really like to know it is ther as I am doing a project on Augustus John
Thank you again for any help you can offer.

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