Attributed to George Richmond
Fettered Nude Figure Reclining by a Rock c.1825

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Attributed to George Richmond 1809–1896
Fettered Nude Figure Reclining by a Rock
Date c.1825
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 235 x 343 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922
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Although Richmond at one time described this drawing as by Blake, stylistically it is unlike his work. Richmond's attribution, probably made when he was an old man, therefore seems to be wrong. It is probably by Richmond himself. Blake's influence is most apparent in the choice of subject. The chained figure of a man recalls the figure of Orc in Blake's drawing 'Los and Orc' which once belonged to Richmond's friend John Linnell. It is now in the Tate collection. This drawing must date from about the time of Richmond's first meeting with Blake, at Linnell's house, in 1825. Richmond later said that conversing with Blake was like 'talking to the Prophet Isaiah'.

September 2004

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