Study of a female nude, seated

George Richmond British

Not on view

This sensitively drawn figure study likely dates to the later decades of Richmond’s career and demonstrates his ongoing commitment to life drawing, perhaps as a form of relief from his demanding career as a portraitist. Even when inundated with commissions to depict members of the Victorian elite, Richmond never forgot his youthful association with the Ancients, an idealistic brotherhood of artists led by Samuel Palmer, or his study trips to Italy in 1837 and 1840. Evident here is his lifelong admiration for the nudes of Michelangelo and Titian and his devotion to the study of the human body, sensuously and confidently described using red and black chalk.

Study of a female nude, seated, George Richmond (British, Brompton 1809–1896 London), Red and black chalk

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