Aylesford studied under the well-known drawing master John Baptist Malchair who stressed the importance of drawing with graphite. However, by the 1780s Aylesford was using brown inks extensively; Here they are applied in subtle washes and thin, quickly drawn, scraggly lines. The ink Aylesford has used is a cool, purplish-brown colour, suggesting that he has used sepia.
Gallery label, August 2004
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