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ID number:  BIRBI-41.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Stevens, Alfred George (1817-1875)
Title / Object name:  Study of a Nude Figure
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  London
Culture:  British
Date made:  about 1847
Materials:  Red chalk on buff paper
Measurements:  165 x 164 mm
Provenance:  Purchased at Sotheby's, 23 April 1941, lot 87, for £14

This nude study is one of numerous perparatory studies for a decorative freize (now in the Walker Art Gallery) which was commissioned by the Blundell family for Deysbrook House, near Liverpool. The drawing is probably part of a larger sheet and shows the upper part of a caryatid (a figure which serves as an architectural support). The hands of the hybrid figure appear to support an architrave, whilst the lower part of the body takes the form of an acanthus leaf. Other studies are in the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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