Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd

  • Pen, ink and wash
  • 7 ⅝ × 6 inches · 194 × 152 mm
  • Drawn in 1763
  • £3,000

This sheet shows studies of two seated river gods and a male nude. Although clearly unfinished, there is evidence that this kind of informal sheet of drawings was admired by contemporaries. 

Mortimer’s friend, Samuel Ireland, published a series of etchings after drawings by Mortimer, three of Ireland’s prints specifically show fragmentary sketches of river gods such as this.

John Hamilton Mortimer
River God and woman
192 x 213 mm
c. 1784
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