View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
An 'ecorché' is plaster model of a human body with the skin removed, leaving the muscles displayed; such models allowed a close study of anatomy. Mortimer has used a very fine pen to depict the ecorché, working over the initial pencil underdrawing using light pen pressure. The ink has been applied in a dry scratchy manner with the pen not heavily loaded with ink. He has worked in short pen strokes describing the muscle formation with an economic use of line.
Gallery label, August 2004