Origin of half-length
Examples from the Web for half-length
On one side is the Emperor's half-length portrait, on the reverse is the image of Hercules stifling the giant Antæus in his arms.
Mr. Peel gave fifteen thousand reichsthalers for this picture—a half-length.Tour in England, Ireland, and France, in the years 1826, 1827, 1828 and 1829.|Hermann Pckler-Muskau
More than that, there are four half-length figures of prophets, two above and two below the larger pictures.Historic Inventions|Rupert S. Holland
Pausing in her work, the girl looked down the half-length of the greenhouse as a hint for him to advance.The Side Of The Angels|Basil King
The half-length portrait, formerly known at Modena as that of Correggio's Physician, belongs to the same doubtful period.