Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd

  • Pen, ink and wash
  • 7 ⅝ × 6 inches · 194 × 152 mm
  • Drawn in c.1765
  • £3,000

This study of a classical female figure seated beside an upturned classical capital seems likely to have been made by Mortimer in the mid-1760s. Mortimer returned to the complex, twisted pose when he was contemplating adding figures to Thomas Jones’s landscape of The Death of Orpheus, a large painting exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1770. 

Whilst the action of the figure in Jones’s painting is different in character, the complex twist of the torso, profile of the shoulder and head are identical suggesting that Mortimer simply converted the present sketch. This rapidly handled sheet also includes the back of a muscular figure, possibly taken from an écorché model.