A Look at the Model. E. J. Gregory, A.R.A. Drawing. Source: Wedmore, Magazine of Art. Click on image to enlarge it. “Mr. E. J. Gregory's portrait of himself in ‘A Look at the Model’ is exceedingly clever, audacious in design and excellent in drawing, and almost over-refined in colour.”

Commentary in Magazine of Art

[Take] the portrait of Mr. Gregory himself, which is one of our illustrations. Is not the employment of the palette in that composition as original as it is successful? And the crossed leg again, so close to the spectator: is not that almost as bold and as fresh, in a modern portrait? The muscularity of the thing — the sweeping and sturdy line of it — takes us back to the later Renaissance, to the tombs of the Medici, to the sculptures of Gian Bologna. Further, there is a distinct piquancy in the union of this broad and large design with a finish not only so expressive but so dainty as that of which the head gives evidence. [355]

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Wedmore, Frederick. “E. J. Gregory, A.R.A.” Magazine of Art. 7 (1883-84): 350-59. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of Toronto Library. Web. 31 December 2014.

Created 31 December 2014