24 January 2001
Johan Tobias Sergel (1740-1814)
Caricatures of mechanical human bodies and heads (recto); A man seated at a table on the back of an elephant and another caricature (verso)
pen and brown ink, watermark IKP
77/8 x 127/8 in. (200 x 327 mm.); and three drawings by the same hand of Heads; Figures seated by a horse; and The artist in the house of Elias Martin in London (4)
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(1) Johan Tobias Sergel (1740-1814), exhib. cat., Hamburg, Kunsthalle, and elsewhere, 1975, p. 94, illustrated.
The fourth sheet in this group alludes to Sergel's visit to London in 1779, when he stayed with his compatriot the artist Elias Martin, A.R.A. (1739-1818). Ulf Cederlöf considers that this sheet probably dates to the 1790s, and is therefore not contemporary with Sergel's visit.
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