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Thomas Gainsborough RA, Small male figure lying down

Small male figure lying down, by 1798

Attributed to Thomas Gainsborough RA (1727 - 1788)

RA Collection: Art

This work comes from one of sixteen volumes of Royal Academy Annual Exhibition catalogues that were collected and extra-illustrated by the lawyer and antiquarian Edward Basil Jupp F.S.A. (1812 - 1877). The catalogues span the period from the first annual exhibition in 1769 up to 1875. Jupp added drawings, prints, letters and autographs by, or referring to, Academicians and other exhibitors at the Academy's annual exhibition.

E.B. Jupp was a solicitor who married Eliza Kay, daughter of the architect William Porden Kay. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a clerk of the Carpenters' Company, of which he published a history. Jupp amassed a large collection of paintings by British and Dutch artists, drawings, prints, books and porcelain most of which was sold after his death, at Christie's in February 1878.

Many of the drawings in Jupp's Royal Academy extra-illustrated volumes were bought from art sales during the 1860s. He was also acquainted with a number of contemporary artists and several drawings in the later volumes (along with many of the letters and autographs) were sent from the artists themselves.

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Object details

Title
Small male figure lying down
Artist/designer
Attributed to Thomas Gainsborough RA (1727 - 1788)
Date
by 1798
Object type
Drawing
Medium
Pencil, watercolour and wash on cream laid paper
Dimensions

66 mm x 78 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
03/1744
Acquisition
Given by Leverhulme Trust 1936
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