John Hamilton Mortimer
Skeletons and Ecorchés date not known

Artwork details

Skeletons and Ecorchés
Date Date not known
Medium Chalk and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 455 x 324 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

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Mortimer was one of the most gifted draughtsmen of his generation. Here
he has sketched an imaginary battle between flayed human figures, or 'ecorchés'. The battle is repeated
below in skeletal form.


According to a contemporary, Mortimer was able to draw


a compleat skeleton of the human figure, in the most difficult attitude that could be devised, & begin at the heel; & then, with different coloured ink, he would clothe it in muscles,¿ & begin them at the same part; but what was still more amazing,
he never altered a line.


September 2004

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