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This study may show a model posed as the mythical princess Andromeda chained to the rock; compare a similar subject in the Academical sketchbook (Tate D01819, D01820; Turner Bequest XLIII 3a, 4). The subject is strikingly similar to a drawing by Thomas Stothard (1755–1834) in the Royal Academy collection (RA 05/3071); Stothard was a visitor at the Life Class in 1799, 1800, 1803 and 1804, in any of which years this drawing might have been made. See also folio 5 recto (D04910; Turner Bequest LXXXI 9).
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