Head of a Peasant

Title

Head of a Peasant

Creator

William Strang
Scottish, 1859–1921

Date

1882

Description

The dramatic lighting employed in this portrait by Strang, an effect for which mezzotint is particularly well suited, bestows an air of distinction upon the head of an otherwise anonymous worker. The subject and treatment, common to Strang, reflects the realist leanings of his teacher, Alphonse Legros, whose sympathies for peasant life in his own etchings exerted a fair influence on a number of English artists during the 1880s. The absence here of a discernible ground pattern—readily evident, for example, in Strang’s Man Ploughing—results in part from the use of sandpaper instead of a rocker to prepare the plate.

Contributor

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University

Identifier

2011.24

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.

Format

Mezzotint; image: 10-7/16 x 8-7/16 in. (26.5 x 21.4 cm), sheet: 13-1/16 x 10-1/2 in. (33.3 x 26.7 cm)