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Chalk drawing - Study of a standing male nude
  • Study of a standing male nude
    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863
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Study of a standing male nude

  • Object:

    Chalk drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (drawn)

  • Date:

    1859 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and red chalks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 78, box A

Physical description

A drawing made in chalks

Place of Origin

London (drawn)


1859 (drawn)


Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black and red chalks

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in red chalk bottom right: 'Kensington Life Academy / 2 Dec 1859 AL Egg / placed the figure / W.M.'
'AL Egg' refers to Augustus Leopold Egg (1816-1863), one of the professional artists who attended the Kensington Life Academy


Height: 55.7 cm, Width: 34.7 cm

Object history note

One of 651 drawings by Mulready purchased at Christie's on 28, 29 and 30 April 1864 for £1669.12.6.

Descriptive line

William Mulready (1786-1863), study of a standing male nude, 1859; coloured chalks

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lambert, Susan. Drawing: Technique & Purpose. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1981. p.36.

Labels and date

Study from the life model was marginal to the National Course of Art Instruction. Nonetheless, the V&A, which administrated the curriculum, bought many drawings by Mulready as student examples. Mulready drew from the life throughout his long career. He made this naturalistic study at the 'Kensington Life Academy', an informal group of professional artists who met three evenings a week. []


Black chalk; Red chalk



Subjects depicted

Male nude




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