Studies for an Unidentified Project: Female Figures Date:
Black and white chalk on blue paper Dimensions:
27.0 x 20.8 cm Location: Bewdley Museum, Worcestershire Picture credit:
Wyre Forest District Council Museum Service, Calderdale Museums and Arts Reference number:
Upper left of sheet: full-length nude study of a female figure. She lies flat on the floor, with knees to one side and bent up towards the chest. The right leg rests on top of the left, the upper body faces upwards, and the right arm curls over the top of the head. The left hand rests at the left side of the head. The drawing is at an angle on the page, so that the figure appears to lie on a slope with her head raised above her body. The drapery she lies on has also been sketched in. In the final painting however, the female figure is seated on a platform, with the left leg raised higher and the right arm resting across the torso. Upper right of sheet: very similar study to the previous drawing, although smaller and rougher. Centre right of sheet: study of the figure in a pose turned upside down, so that the head and upper body are positioned lower than the legs. Lower right of sheet: study for the same figure, facing the viewer, and with knees less bent towards the chest.