Dance was one of the leading architects of his day. His position placed him at the heart of the London art world. He was a founding member of the Royal Academy and Professor of Architecture there between 1798 and 1806. He was also an avid drawer and is perhaps best known for the profile portraits he sketched of members of the art establishment. The sitter in this delicate pencil drawing is unidentified. Its informality and spontaneity suggest it was sketched from life.
Gallery label, October 2019
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