View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
This is a fine example of the use of graphite for a finished drawing. The lines are generally quite fine but vary in depth of tone, producing subtle contrasts of light and dark areas. Wilson must have constantly sharpened his pencil to maintain such a technique. The shading consists of close parallel lines, some of which have been smudged with a finger or stump.
Gallery label, August 2004