Albert A. Harcourt, Roman Soldier with Spear- Late 19th-century graphite drawing

An original late 19th-century graphite drawing, Albert A. Harcourt Roman Soldier with Spear.

A finely modelled graphite drawing of a Roman soldier preparing for battle with sword, spear and shield. Laid down on backing paper. 

Foxing and age toning, particularly in the corners, as shown. Due to the very delicate nature of the paper, there is a series of small holes and abrasions throughout - particularly to the upper left near the spear, and along the lower edge. Small tear to the lower left edge.
14.2cm x 11.8cm.

Albert A. Harcourt, of South Belgravia, London, clearly took a very keen interest in some of the visual spectacles that were available to him, as a late Victorian gentleman-about-town. Many of the studies in this collection depict the characters in popular plays and operettas that were on the London stage during the period, and a particular taste for the French-themed productions that were fashionable at the time, with their elaborate costumes.

Ships were clearly another of Harcourt’s interests: many different types of sailing vessel are depicted in the sketchbook, again with a real eye for detail. Finally, though an address in Belgravia would certainly have been convenient for visiting London’s theatres, Harcourt appears to have been extremely well travelled. One sketch of a ship in our collection is described as being made ‘off Cape Horn,’ while other works depict Native Americans, apparently in the United States. Other, later sketchbooks by Harcourt exist showing the various types of people to be found in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). Wherever he went, it seems, Harcourt was fascinated by variations in dress and appearance, and the means of travel around the world.

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Product code: JJ-042

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