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Tête d'Homme [Head of a man]: P.14947-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Tête d'Homme [Head of a man]
190 bis.


Printmaker: Legros, Alphonse




Head of an old man with long white hair and beard, three quarters towards the right, chin tilted slightly upwards. A repetition in a different pose of the same sitter seen in the earlier plate 190.

Legal notes

Given by Professor Alphonse Legros, 24 May 1879

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879-05-24) by Legros, Alphonse


19th Century
1877 - 1879


Etching with surface tone, printed in dark brown ink on oriental paper over a support of laid paper (chine-collé). First state of two of which Dodgson records 6 known impressions. Signed in the margin at lower right: 'A. Legros'. The printed number and title given on the mount indicates that this is 'No 199. Le Vieil Italien', although it seems to be the case that the print and mount were muddled at some point, as this print corresponds with Legros 190 bis. ('bistre'), Tête d'Homme. See BM 1879,0308.21. See also BNF, IFN-10545575 for image of 'Le Vieil Italien'. One of 20 prints on mounts printed with numbers and titles and contained inside a portfolio half-bound with green cloth (spine and corners) and grey paper and with printed title: 'Eaux-fortes / par Alphonse Legros.'. Acquisition information at lower centre written in pen and ink (probably by John Charrington): 'Given by Prof. A. Legros / 24 May 1879'. The inside of the front board bears the stamp of the London-based mounter and frame-maker, Robert Guéraut who published Legros' etchings after 1863 and who also collected Legros' prints.

School or Style


Techniques used in production

Chine collé

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14947-R
Primary reference Number: 240007
Dodgson (Legros): 190 bis.ii
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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