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[Transforming head : young woman, young man, older woman, harlequin].
[Great Britain], [circa 1830]
Physical Description:
4 drawings : watercolor ; 184 x 180 mm, folded to 62 x 61 mm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GV1229. T73 1830a+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Drawings & Watercolors
BAC: British Art Center copy housed with a second original transforming head. Provenance: Paul Anstee.
Multi-flapped visual device in which a single face may be adorned in one of four guises. The cross-shaped sheet comprises five panels, each of which (except the top arm) bears a figure drawn in watercolor; each of the four square-shaped arms may in turn fold over the central square panel. The central panel features the face of a young woman, against a simple black background. Three of the four flaps, when folded over the center panel, depict a different character (young man, older woman, harlequin) with a cut-out window in place of the face so that the face of the original young woman shows through, but adorned in different dress and headgear.
The top panel and the reverse of the central panel are backed in green pebbled paper (trimmed in gold), which is thus exhibited on both sides of the device when it is completely closed.
Subject Terms:
Amusements -- Great Britain.
Anstee, Paul -- Provenance.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs.
Metamorphic pictures.
Recreations -- Great Britain.

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