View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- Ink, watercolour and graphite on paper
- Support: 208 x 285 mm
- Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Aylesford studied under the well-known drawing master John Baptist Malchair who stressed the importance of drawing with graphite. However, by the 1780s Aylesford was using brown inks extensively; Here they are applied in subtle washes and thin, quickly drawn, scraggly lines. The ink Aylesford has used is a cool, purplish-brown colour, suggesting that he has used sepia.
Gallery label, August 2004