George Romney

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George Romney
1734-1802
Figure Studies
Pen and brown ink and graphite on laid paper.
8 7/8 x 3 1/8 inches (225 x 80 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.
2009.267

 

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Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. A1407).
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This sheet consists of three separate studies. According to the Romney scholar Alex Kidson, it was cut from a larger sheet or a sketchbook since the graphite doodle at the upper left seems to be the trailing drapery of a female figure. The two ink sketches appear to be versions of the same subject, representing a male and a female figure on either side of a colossal head. The female figure wraps herself around the head, and the man is watching. Stylistically, this sheet dates no later than the mid-1780s, and is most likely earlier (email correspondence with Alex Kidson, 8 November 2009).

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