Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland 1735–1811
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Date Date not known
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 193 x 146 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
Dance-Holland has drawn this figure in a rapid, sketchy manner with a medium-soft graphite pencil. The work is primarily a line drawing with minimal shading. On the back of the sheet there is a dense layer of powdery red chalk. Close inspection of the front reveals fine, silvery lines indented in the paper which follow the outline and some of the details of the figure. These were produced by a metal stylus which was pressed into the paper in order to transfer the image by offsetting red chalk lines onto an underlying piece of paper.