About this artwork

Eardley repeatedly depicted the children who lived near her Townhead studio in Glasgow. She loved the friendliness and community spirit of the area and took photographs of street life and of children playing, but also worked from life drawings. This is an example of a study of a boy’s head. The children would visit her studio as friends, to play with a box of toys she had, and she was then able to make sketches of them. Eardley's paintings were praised for their honest portrayal of working-class life in Glasgow.

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  • title:
    Boy's Head 'A Glasgow Boy'
  • accession number:
    GMA 5244
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  • materials:
    Oil on board
  • date created:
    1950s
  • measurements:
    27.00 x 23.00 cm (framed: 43.50 x 39.60 x 0.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    The Henry and Sula Walton collection: bequeathed 2012
  • copyright:
    © Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved. DACS, London 2019
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Joan Eardley

Joan Eardley