A & A art and architecture spacer courtauld institute of art spacer
quick search advanced search browse temp folder
Head of a blind man asleep, with his head on a pillow
enlarge image zoom image

Head of a blind man asleep, with his head on a pillow


John Greenwood (1727-1792)

Graphite on paper

Height: 17.8 cm; Width: 15.6 cm;


Pen and ink, lower edge & recto, manuscript notes, Dutch portrait van een Blindeman op de Neuisbrug Littende na't Liven J. Greenwood 29 Jl. 1760

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, John (Sir) & NACF; bequest & grant aid; 1982

About this work
Born in Boston, the little known portrait painter and engraver John Greenwood was also active in Amsterdam, where he is documented as a member of the Drawing Academy in 1758. In this sketch he captures a man with his head resting on his left arm. His features are relaxed in sleep, with the mouth slightly open. Greenwood’s inscription explains that this is a blind man, portrayed on 29 July 1760 as he was sitting on Amsterdam’s Nieuwe brug (New bridge). (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
While we make every effort to ensure this information is correct, displays are subject to last-minute changes.

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

spacer spacer spacer spacer