Gillray, James (1756 - 1815)
Study of a Sailor. Ink and watercolour. 1794. Provenance: Inscribed in the backing sheet 'From Miss Alleyne's Collection 1945'; [...] The Newall Collection, Christie's, 14th December 1979, lot 249 (part). 6x4.5 inches. Framed: 9.5x7.75 inches.


This character study was made in Flanders while Gillray was assisting Philip James de Loutherbourg R.A. (1740-1812) in making preparatory sketches for his painting 'Earl Howe's Victory...' (1795). Gillray had already assisted de Loutherbourg in making sketches for his 'The Siege of Valenciennes' (1794). Other examples of these drawings are in the British Museum.

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This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024