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Drawing - Study of a plaster cast of the foot of the Farnese Hercules
  • Study of a plaster cast of the foot of the Farnese Hercules
    Fildes, Samuel Luke KB, KCVO, RA
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Study of a plaster cast of the foot of the Farnese Hercules

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (drawn)

  • Date:

    1863 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fildes, Samuel Luke KB, KCVO, RA (Sir), born 1844 - died 1927 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    black chalk heightened with white chalk

  • Museum number:

    E.1951-1909

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case DR, shelf 2

Physical description

Large drawing of a plaster cast of a human foot

Place of Origin

London (drawn)

Date

1863 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Fildes, Samuel Luke KB, KCVO, RA (Sir), born 1844 - died 1927 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

black chalk heightened with white chalk

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated bottom left 'L. Fildes / Dec. 1st 1863'

Signed 'L Fildes' bottom right

Signed 'S.L. Fildes' faintly in white chalk, top left

Stamped with the 'Science and Art Department' stamp, top right

Dimensions

Height: 67.1 cm, Width: 45.4 cm

Object history note

Transferred from the stores, 1909

Descriptive line

Fildes, Luke; black chalk drawing with white heightening, plaster cast of the foot of the Farnese Hercules, 1863. This drawing was made during Fildes's time as an art student at South Kensington.

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

Owens, Susan, The Art of Drawing British Masters And Methods Since 1600, V&A Publishing, London, 2013, p. 122, fig. 97
Lambert, Susan. Drawing: Technique & Purpose. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1981. p.33.

Labels and date

Cast Courts Reinstallation, 27 November 2018

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Study of a plaster cast of the foot of the Farnese Hercules
Samuel Luke Fildes, 1863
One of the students at the National Art Training School at this Museum was Luke Fildes (1843-1927). He went on to provide illustrations for novels by Dickens and Thackeray and the popular weekly The Graphic. As a young student, Fildes drew this foot from the cast of a classical sculpture, the Farnese Hercules. The programme of learning at the art school, which focussed on copying and examination, became known as ‘The South Kensington System’. It was adopted around the world.

Reproduced from a black chalk drawing with white heightening
South Kensington, London
Museum no. E.1951-1909

[27 November 2018]
The Department of Science and Art took charge of art and design education in the 1850s. Its comprehensive curriculum, the National Course of Art Instruction, dictated teaching practice in Britain until the end of the century. Plaster casts of sculptural fragments, natural forms and ornament replaced the life model as the focal point of teaching. []

Materials

Black chalk; White chalk

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Foot; Farnese Hercules; Art school drawings; Plaster casts; Cross hatching; Antique, the

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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