Richard Dalton
The Farnese Hercules 1742

Artwork details

Richard Dalton 1715 or 20–1791
The Farnese Hercules
Date 1742
Medium Chalk on paper
Dimensions Support: 529 x 365 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
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This drawing demonstrates the extremely fine line-work which can be achieved with red chalk. The thinness of the lines suggests that Dalton used a natural red chalk, since these tended to be harder than fabricated or synthetic red chalks. Dalton would probably have fastened a stick of red chalk into a holder and kept the point sharp with a knife. The darkest areas within the figure have been made by cross-hatching and drawing closely spaced narrow lines one on top of the other.

August 2004