An exceptionally large and interesting drawing by this leader of the French 'realist' School.

Portraits by other artists show that he parted his hair on the other side; the discrepancy is explained by the fact that Courbet drew his own head and saw it in a mirror.

British Museum

Great Russell Street, London, Greater London, WC1B 3DG
020 7323 8181

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm) Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan