Study of Rams' Heads (1845) by Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-73). “The 'Rams’ Heads' is another of the masterly studies in chalk, lent to us by the Duke of Westminster: we gave one, of three heads, in a preceding number. Both drawings, though apparently worked out with considerable elaboration, were evidently executed in a very short space of time; they are on grey paper somewhat coarse, the rough “tooth” of which is well adapted to represent the woolly fleeces of the animals; white chalk is used for the high lights, and it is so judiciously employed as to be most effective in the arrangement of chiaroscuro.” Source: “Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” (1875): 353-54. “Lent by His Grace the Duke of Westminster.”

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“Studies and Sketches by Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.” Art-Journal (1875): 353-57. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 24 March 2014

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