Frederick Richard Pickersgill R.A. (London 1820 – 1900 London)
Adonis and Cupid
Monogrammed ‘F.R.P.’ in pencil (verso)
Pen and brown ink, brown and blue wash, some heightening in white, over a sketch in pencil, with framing lines in brown ink drawn with the brush, 160 x 200 mm (6.3 x 7.9 inch) (sheet size), 133 x 175 mm (5.2 x 6.9 inch) (image size)
- Part of an album of drawings by Pickersgill, by descent to the artist’s wife
- With Abbott and Holder, London
Pickersgill was an English painter and book illustrator. Born into a family of artists, he was admitted to the Royal Academy Schools in 1840. He did some book illustrations for the works of John Milton and Edgar Allan Poe. The artist’s The Burial of Harold was accepted as a decoration for the Houses of Parliament in 1847, where it can still be admired. He also did some landscapes under the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites. In 1856 Pickersgill was photographed at the Photography Institute by Robert Howlett, as part of a series of portraits of artists. The picture was among a group exhibited at the Art Treasures Exhibition in Manchester in 1857.
The present spirited drawing was inherited by the artist’s widow as part of an album of Pickersgill’s drawings. It shows a great mastery and an awareness of the Venetian school of painting.
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