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A Woman in a Red Dress*

© crown copyright. Photo credit: London Borough of Newham Heritage Service

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A large-scale drawing on a card. A full-body image of a woman with a fur or taffeta dress with small, closely-drawn lines creating a textured fabric. Between the dress and bodice is a section of red and white chequerboard design. She has exaggerated shoulder pelmets and a ballooned skirt, giving the sense of a body that is not in fact drawn. The woman's face appears to wear make-up on lips and eyes and has a defined hairstyle, curiously framing the whole face, perhaps deliberately avoiding drawing the neck. Atop the head is an angular and fashionable hat with a patterned background radiating around the figure.

Newham Archives and Local Studies Library


A Woman in a Red Dress*




ink on paper


H 60 x W 50 cm (E)

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gifted by son Lawrence Gill, 1963

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