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A Maid combing a Woman's Hair
Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes

This sketch is one of a number of representations of this subject by the artist which relate to a larger painting of 1883 (Paris, Musée d'Orsay).

The motif of a partially clothed woman having her hair combed had long appealed to artists, and most notably to Degas.

Key facts
Artist Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes
Artist dates 1824 - 1898
Full title A Maid combing a Woman's Hair
Date made about 1883
Medium and support Oil on millboard
Dimensions 32.5 x 24 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917
Inventory number NG3267
Location in Gallery Not on display
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