Théodore Géricault

eleven pen and ink drawings of various figures and subject matter

Théodore Géricault (1791–1824)
Sheet of Figure Studies
c. 1817–18
Pen and two shades of brown ink over graphite
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Witt Bequest, 1952

This sheet of studies may have originally formed part of a sketchbook. Most of the groups, arranged in three rows, are reminiscences of military life under Napoleon. For example, the central frieze of figures at the bottom of the sheet shows a group of soldiers transporting large blocks of stone roped to a makeshift cart. This might relate to the unsuccessful storming of the citadel of Acre at the beginning of Napoleon's Egyptian campaign in 1799.

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