Peter Howson

Head of Saint Anthony

About this artwork

Howson's work focuses mainly on the Glasgow underclass. At times the artist portrays this overtly working-class, masculine world with sympathy and tenderness; at other times he portrays it as a seething hotbed of violence. Thrown back in despair and agony, the head in this portrait sketch clearly belongs to a tortured soul. It is based on a copy of a print by William Blake, which in turn is based on a drawing of a Damned Soul by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825).

  • title:
    Head of Saint Anthony
  • accession number:
    GMA 3014
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  • materials:
    Crayon, chalk and pen and ink on paper
  • date created:
    Dated 1986
  • measurements:
    30.50 x 22.90 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1987
  • copyright:
    © Peter Howson. All rights reserved, DACS 2018.

Peter Howson

Peter Howson