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Creator:
John Constable, 1776–1837, British
Title:

Male Nude

Date:
1808
Medium:
Graphite and white gouache on medium, slightly textured, beige laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 21 3/4 x 17 1/2 inches (55.2 x 44.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B2008.2
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
figure | figure study | male | man | nude
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:59612
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John Constable matured slowly as an artist, and his early years were marked by hard work to achieve his ambition to become a painter. In the early 1800s, Constable was a student at the Royal Academy Schools, and in 1808, when he made this drawing, he was still attending the life classes despite being over thirty years old. The model is believed to be the Royal Academy porter, Samuel Strowger, who regularly sat for life classes and was reportedly “the most symmetrical of models in the Life School.”

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)



In the early 1800s Constable was a student at the Royal Academy Schools, and in 1808, when he produced this drawing, he was still attending life classes. The model is believed to be the Royal Academy porter, Samuel Strowger, who regularly sat for life classes and was reportedly "the most symmetrical of models in the Life School." This drawing may be a preparatory study for The Lock (1924, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid).

Gallery label for Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11)

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]


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