FEMALE FIGURE STUDY
Inscribed u.r. 97
Pen & ink with sepia wash
Partial watermark of Pro Patria visible
14.5 x 13cm
STUDY OF A KNEELING HORSE
Bears pencil inscription verso 106
Pen & ink with wash
[Visible Size] 14.9 x 11.7cm
This drawing is part of a group recently rediscovered by the Nonesuch Gallery, which are believed to be early works by Northcote after drawings in the collection of Sir Joshua Reynolds, to whom Northcote was apprenticed. A similar work to the present group can be found in the British Museum (2019,7015.426), which was acquired from Abbott & Holder (London). At present we have not yet discovered the source for the present work.
During Northcote's apprenticeship, one of his tasks was to bid on drawings for his teacher - who was one of the most prolific and accomplished collectors of Master drawings of his age. Today, Reynolds' distinctive collector's stamp can be found on some of the finest drawings in public collections around the world. It is likely that such an activity made a significant impression on the young Northcote: his own sale was held by Messrs. Foster & Sons at their premises in Regent's Street, 4-5.07.1836 (Lugt 14421). One of the lots at this sale (Lot 103) included "105 drawings and sketches", and it is possible that the present group were among those.