Study for "Country Cousins"

Study for "Country Cousins"

c. 1847-1848

Richard Redgrave

(British, 1804-1888)

Black, red, and white chalk

Support: Gray/green-blue wove paper

Sheet: 37.5 x 27 cm (14 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.)

Bequest of Dr. Paul J. Vignos, Jr. 2011.127


This drawing is a study for Redgrave’s oil painting Country Cousins, a modern life subject in which class conflict is played out in a domestic interior. In the painting, a rural family calls upon their wealthy relations and is met with sneering condescension. The youngest figure in the composition, a country boy in profile with downcast eyes, is the subject of this acutely observed drawing, exquisitely rendered in black and red chalk with white highlights.

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