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Dora Carrington

1 of 17 portraits of Dora Carrington

Dora Carrington, by Dora Carrington, circa 1910 - NPG 6736 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Dora Carrington

by Dora Carrington
pencil, circa 1910
9 in. x 6 in. (228 mm x 152 mm)
Purchased, 2005
Primary Collection
NPG 6736


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  • Dora Carrington (1893-1932), Artist. Sitter in 17 portraits, Artist associated with 10 portraits.

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  • Dora Carrington (1893-1932), Artist. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 17 portraits.

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This self-portrait is undated, but is thought to have been made around 1910. In that year Carrington entered the Slade, dropped her first name (which she hated), and cropped her hair - thus becoming one of the first 'cropheads', as Virginia Woolf called them. The portrait depicts Carrington prior to her adoption of the short hairstyle that became something of a trademark. It thus shows her around the age of seventeen, though the features are rendered with a penetrating sensitivity that belies the artist's youth. Portraits of Carrington are rare, the most notable example being the gouache by Mark Gertler dated 1912, which is in a private collection.

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