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This pen and ink study is about a quarter of the size of Richmond’s finished tempera painting. It was described by Richmond as ‘first sketch’. It is ‘squared-up’, ready to be drawn on a larger scale on the wood panel.

The under drawing on the panel is visible in an infra-red photograph shown on the illustrated panel to the left. This study differs in some details from the underdrawing, but when enlarged it would have provided the basis for the finished tempera. Richmond’s application of tempera followed Blake’s, but Blake did not make finely detailed preparatory drawings for his paintings.

September 2004