Catalogue entry


Inscribed ‘C. Lovat Fraser/Nov. 1919’ b.r. and ‘M.M.’ t.r.
Ink, brown pencil and wash on a sheet from a tear-off sketch book, 14 1/8×9 1/2 (36×24)
Presented by Mrs Grace Lovat Fraser 1975

Fraser made a number of highly distinctive line drawings of nudes in or around 1919. All depict the same models (one dark, one fair) singly or in pairs in a variety of poses and the general similarity of style suggests that all were done in or near November of that year (the date inscribed on this and several others).

These drawings, Fraser's only mature nude studies, form a self-contained group in his oeuvre. The delicate flowing line, in contrast with the normally more robust character of Fraser's drawings, may be compared with the drawing style of his friend Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1974-6: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1978