See if we can draw Colin Simpson; Toss WOOLLASTON; 1961; 450


See if we can draw Colin Simpson

About this object

A black ink sketch of a figure seated on a stool in an interior space. The figure is turned to the left with hands rested in their lap. The title is inscribed along the top of the page.



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Medium and Materials

Pen and ink on paper

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Subject and Association Description

Portraiture was an important element in Toss Woollaston's work and he continued to develop it throughout his career. He described his approach as observing the subject "sometimes for quite a long time, till I find their most natural attitudes and movements. I do not copy their actual physical movements...but I have a rich means of suggesting them - the lean and tilt of the different planes and volumes in contrasting directions..." (Barnett, 1991, p.67). These suggestions of physical appearance and underlying personality were achieved in quick and spontaneous compositions, displaying the dramatic energy of his style.

Named Collection

Woollaston Davies Collection

Credit Line

Gifted by the artist in 1979

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