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Photographic portrait of Princess Louise, looking to the right of camera

The captivating life and art of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s daughter

Study of a male head dated 24 Dec 1860

Pencil | 39.2 x 31.8 cm | RCIN 980956

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This pencil drawing of a male head was likely copied by Louise when she was 12 years old, under the instruction of her drawing tutor Edward Henry Corbould. Louise learnt to draw through copying other artists’ works as well as from life, helping her understand basic human anatomy. Corbould’s influence can be seen in Louise’s early drawings from the late 1850s and 1860s. Her work shows a mature and advanced understanding of light and contour, and a developed perception of idealised standards of beauty which she would later go on to use in her sculpture.