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George Clausen produced self-portraits across his career – variously in oil, pen, pencil and etching – in which he
often showed himself with a brush in his hand, scrutinising his own image, latterly through spectacles. One such
is the painted self-portrait of 1920 used as the frontispiece to Dyneley Hussey’s monograph of 1923. By contrast, the present drawing of June 1921 suggests a moment of contemplation. He produced it at the time that magazines were beginning to cover his major mural project for the entrance hall of High Royd, Honley, near Huddersfield, Yorkshire, the home of the accountant, G P Norton.