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  • 1Of approximately half the normal length.
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    • Three-quarter or half-length sleeves enhance the summer appeal of skirts and pants in fashion prints.
    • She changed into loose-fitting trousers, made from real cotton grown in one of the neighbouring villages, and a cotton top with half-length sleeves.
    • After a half-length defeat in a Turfway Park allowance race, Sarava moved to McPeek's barn to prepare for a run at the classics.
  • 1.1(Of a painting or sculpture) showing a person down to their waist.
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    • Most of his 60 or so known paintings, mainly half-length portraits, date from 1642-6 after he had moved with Charles I's Civil War court to Oxford.
    • Caravaggio returns to the half-length format of his early genre scenes, but all naturalistic bravura and illusionistic detail are gone.
    • The most visually startling images were two half-length portraits from her ‘Bodybuilders’ series.


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  • A painting or sculpture of a person down to their waist.
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    • These works are not compatible with the bulk of the corpus of Caravaggesque half-lengths that the English art historian Benedict Nicolson had associated first with an unnamed ‘Candlelight Master’ and then with Bigot.
    • The presence, in the Gallery's reconstruction, of half-lengths of St Paul and, questionably, of St Andrew is hard to explain.
    • Anne Villiers herself was painted by van Dyck in a solo half-length.

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