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Drawing - The lathe
  • The lathe
    Lhermitte, Léon Auguste, born 1844 - died 1925
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The lathe

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Date:

    1868 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lhermitte, Léon Auguste, born 1844 - died 1925 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Charcoal

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

  • Museum number:

    CAI.70

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case IONIDES, shelf 7B

The subject of working on a lathe was of particular interest to C.A. Ionides, who bequeathed the drawing to the V&A, because he himself practiced wood-turning as a hobby. In the 1880s the French artist Léon Auguste Lhermitte made an extensive series of studies of rural craftsmen. He was influenced by Alphonse Legros, who almost certainly introduced the artist's work to Ionides. It was unusual at the time for charcoal to be used for independent works of art, and Lhermitte was one of the first artists regularly to exhibit works in this medium.

Physical description

Charcoal drawing representing a man wearing overalls working at a lathe.

Date

1868 (made)

Artist/maker

Lhermitte, Léon Auguste, born 1844 - died 1925 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Charcoal

Marks and inscriptions

LHERMITTE - 68
Signed and dated bottom left

Dimensions

Height: 45.7 cm, Width: 26.1 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed by C.A. Ionides, 1900

Descriptive line

Léon Auguste Lhermitte, the Lathe, 1868, charcoal drawing

Materials

Charcoal

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Labour; Lathes; Work; Tools

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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