British School

British School
19th century
Woman Attending to an Injured Man
Pen and blue ink with wash over graphite touched with white and orange chalk, on paper.
image: 10 7/16 x 7 1/4 inches (266 x 184 mm); on sheet: 12 x 8 13/16 inches (305 x 225 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.

Numbered "25" in pencil at upper right; in pencil on verso, "Four drawings of scenes apparently from an early Victorian melodrama."

From the library of Gordon N. Ray.

Title devised by cataloger
Drawing for an illustration for an unidentified work of popular fiction, probably dating from the first half of the 19th century; evidently the third in a sequence of three drawings depicting a fight over a card game (see 1986.2119-21), along with a fourth drawing illustrating another episode from the same work and featuring two of the same protagonists (1986.2122).


Drawing shows an old woman tending to an injured man, who sits in a chair holding out his arm for her to bandage. Behind them, at right, a young woman appears to be weeping into her apron as a small child hangs from her skirts; at left, a Black man in a watch cap converses with a man wearing a sou'wester. The wounded man wears a plain kilt with suspenders, striped shirt, and high boots with the tops folded down, with knit socks. A pistol lies on the floor in the foreground.

Associated names: 

Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.

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