Sir William Blake Richmond, R.A. (1842-1921)
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Sir William Blake Richmond, R.A. (1842-1921)

Female head study, looking up

Details
Sir William Blake Richmond, R.A. (1842-1921)
Female head study, looking up
signed, indistinctly inscribed and dated 'G. Pradeau[/from his friend/W.B. Richmond April 15 1882' (lower left) and inscribed 'Mrs W Pradeau' (on the reverse, according to previous cataloguing)
sanguine chalk, heightened with white on buff paper
16 x 11 ¾ in. (40.8 x 29.8 cm.)
Provenance
with The Maas Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owners.
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Lot Essay

The present sheet appears from the inscription to have been executed during Blake Richmond's first visit to Greece in the summer of 1882. The trip was such a success that he returned again the following year and as a direct result of these visits he painted An Audience in Athens (Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery).

This drawing demonstrates the artist's extraordinary ability to capture a vivid likeness with just a few judicious strokes.
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