From the same series of drawings as lot 24. Sisyphus was one of a number of mythological figures (Tantalus and Ixion were others) who were punished in Hades for offences committed on earth, and were seen by Orpheus when he visited the underworld in search of Eurydice. A king of Corinth notorious for his cunning and double-dealing, Sisyphus was condemned to push a huge stone up a hill only to see it slip from his grasp and roll down again as soon as he reached the summit.
The numbers 323 and 327 which occur on old labels on the backs of lots 24 and 25 may be inventory numbers. The drawings, were not in either of the artist's memorial exhibitions, at the New Gallery in 1898-9 and the Burlington Fine Arts Club in 1899.