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Figure sitting amongst tree trunks; sitting on rock to right, back view, with thick tree trunks surrounding figure. 1845
Pen and brown ink on brown paper
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Height: 108 millimetres
Width: 137 millimetres
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- William Mulready often sketched outdoors, a practice he employed until the end of his career. ‘Figure sitting amongst tree trunks’ (also known as ‘Woman in a Forest’), is an example of Mulready’s numerous sketches from nature, and the meticulously rendered tree trunks betray an intensive, almost scientific analysis of nature that the artist also displayed in his botanical and meteorological drawings. Only a few of these drawings are directly related to specific oil paintings. As Mulready once put it, sketching from nature was undertaken to “strengthen our knowledge of the structure [of the natural world]… to enable us to paint better views with increased truth and feeling”. (Quoted in Heleniak, p.47)
Heleniak, K., William Mulready, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1980.
Pointon, M., Mulready, exh.cat., Victoria and Albert Museum, 1986.
Rorimer, A., Drawings by William Mulready, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1972.
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