George RICHMOND (Brompton 1809 - London 1896)
Study of a Seated Man Wearing a Helmet Sold
Pen and brown ink and pencil. Inscribed 'The attitude of this figure / is a recollection from nature' at the bottom of the sheet.240 x 200 mm. (9 1/2 x 7 7/8 in.) [image]332 x 215 mm. (13 1/8 x 8 1/2 in.) [sheet]ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, DC.ENQUIRE
Most early drawings by Richmond have long remained in the possession of his descendants. This drawing, which depicts a man dressed as a soldier all’antica, may be likened to a pen and ink study of a seated man, sold at auction in 1977, that was once part of a sketchbook used by Richmond between 1824 and 1830. The present sheet may be dated to the same period, during which the artist studied under Henry Fuseli at the Royal Academy Schools, met the elderly William Blake, Samuel Palmer and Edward Calvert, joined ‘The Ancients’, and completed his training in Paris.