Style of John Skeaping, Goats - Original early 20th-century graphite drawing

An original early 20th-century graphite drawing, In the Style of John Skeaping RA Goats.

This drawing is from a collection works, dating from the early 20th century, resembling the draughtsmanship in John Skeaping’s 1936 book entitled “Animal Drawing” from the “How to do it” series. Depicting various animals in dynamic pose, they have a sculptural quality, with strong outline, fluidity of line and assured tonal modelling.

There is a 5cm repaired tear at the top edge and a 3cm repaired tear at the right-hand edge. The paper also has oblique creases across the top half of the image as shown.
22.5cm x 15.4cm.

John Skeaping RA (1901-1980) is best known as a sculptor of animal subjects, and in particular horses. In the 1930s and 1940s he made stone carvings and modelled figures and animals, in the 1960s and 1970s he specialised in equine portraits.

He was an exceptional draughtsman and also a teacher – teaching sculpture at the Central School of Arts and Crafts 1931-40, then at the Royal College of Art from 1948, and was Professor of Sculpture 1953-9. He published a number of educational books, following “Animal Drawing” with “How to Draw Horses” in 1941 and “How to Draw Dogs” in 1961.


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