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Dancing female figure

Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)

Width: 10.5 cm; Height: 16.7 cm;

Inscription, Sketch of a woman dancing / By Sir Joshua Reynolds / from Warwick Collection //
Inscription, A1360
Collector's mark, collector's mark of the Earl of Warwick (L.2600)
Label, HUDDERSFIELD / 1946 / OFFICIAL AGENTS / JAMES BOURLET & SONS, Ltd. / 17-18 Nassau St. London, W.1 / Tel. Nos., MUSEUM (87)-7588 //
Inscription, 458
Inscription, No. 2.
Inscription, W
Label, JAMES BOURLET & SONS, Ltd., / Fine Art Packers. Frame Makers. / c21927 / 17 & 18. NASSAU ST, / MORTIMER STREET, W. / Phones, -MUSEUM 1871 & 7588. //
Inscription, Sir. J. Reynolds
Collector's mark, collector's mark of Sir Robert Witt (L.2228b)

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

About this work
Delineated with a tangled skein of rapidly drawn lines, a female figure seems to move in a dance with the same speed with which this sketch was executed. By the middle of the eighteenth century, such spontaneous private sketches had come to be considered a mark of an artist’s genius. Joshua Reynolds, the first president of the Royal Academy, publicly warned his students of the dangers of overindulging in the practice. (Permanent collection label)

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

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