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Head study of a bearded man

(circa 1895)


George James Coates

Australia, England

09 Aug 1869 – 27 Jul 1930

  • Details

    Other Title
    Head study, bearded man
    (circa 1895)
    Media category
    Materials used
    pencil, pen and sepia ink
    25.2 x 19.5 cm sheet (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "G Coates". Not dated.

    Purchased 1962
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    George James Coates

    Works in the collection


  • About

    George Coates was a fine painter of portraits and figure compositions who studied in Melbourne at the National Gallery School and was awarded the school's travelling art scholarship. He left for Paris in 1897 with the painter David Davies (1864-1939). Coates was an official war artist in London in World War I and remained in England for much of his working life. He returned to Melbourne for a joint exhibition with his wife, the painter Dora Meeson (1869-1955), in 1921. The Australian War Memorial has an important collection of Coates’ work. He exhibited with the Victorian Artists Society in Melbourne, where he met J B Kilgour, a member of the Victorian Art Society and Cannibal Club in the 1890s and father of the artist J Noel Kilgour (1900-87), both whom owned this drawing.

    The model is believed to have been a Russian musician in Melbourne in the 1890s. Lionel Lindsay also drew him, full length and in a cavalier's costume in Coate's studio in 1895.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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