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Head of a West African woman, wearing a hat, in left profile
Presumably from one of Bray's 'Pallas' voyages of 1775-76. Bray clearly had an artistic interest in elaborate hairstyles, both European and African. This drawing is fairly clearly a pair with PAJ2032, and may be of the same woman despite slight differences. It is certainly of the same pattern of hairstyle, but this time with the local hat or head-dress over it. With PAJ2011 and PAJ2039 they are two of four single monochrome studies of African heads by Bray in the related group, which also includes three more stylized pairs on single sheets in greater colour (PAJ2028, PJ2029 and PAJ2040).
Gabriel Bray (1750-1823)
Original size: 90 mm x 79 mm
- Image reference: PT2033
- National Maritime Museum