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Study of a left hand
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Study of a left hand


Spain (Seville) 18th century (1700 - 1799)

Black and white chalk on faded grey-blue paper.

Width: 22 cm; Height: 17.4 cm;

Stencil marks in graphite, verso, 15 / mo //

Stencil marks in black ink, verso, 2 //

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
Reaching toward the viewer in a startling gesture, this hand was drawn as an exercise in foreshortening. The careful sfumato modelling is typical of academic studies. It is unclear whether a live model was used or whether the drawing was made from a plaster cast, but the sheet is certainly an example of early academic practice in Spain, which began in Seville in the 1660s. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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