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Thomas Major: The Golden Head, in Chandos Street the upper end of St Martins Lane, London

Thomas Major, engraver dated 1759

Etching | 12.5 x 9.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 658489

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The reproductive printmaker Thomas Major expertly manipulated his etched lines to create a delicate, silvery self-portrait. This both advertised Major's skill to potential clients and gave him an opportunity to work on a more intimate, 'artistic' level than his commercial output allowed.