Study of a young woman seated on the ground

Study of two draped female figures — the central figure of the group seated on the ground and resting on her right arm, the other figure lying on her left side with her head raised; for the painted frieze The Dance by Frederic, Lord Leighton, PRA RWS 1830-1896. Black and white chalks on brown paper. 6 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches, 16.5 x 31.1 cm.

Commentary by Hilary Morgan

The present drawing corresponds to the group of seated girls who appear as spectators in the centre of the left hand half of Leighton's painted frieze, 'The Dance'. For details of the commission see the note to catalogue number 105 [Hilary Morgan's commentary from Burne-Jones, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Their Century]. This drawing shows most clearly the influence exerted on Leighton's classicism by the Parthenon pediment figures from the Elgin marbles. It is revealed in the elaborately folded and wrinkled drapery, and in the reclining pose.


Morgan, Hilary, and Peter Nahum. Burne-Jones, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Their Century. London: Peter Nahum, 1989. Catalogue number 107.

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