Two Sketches: A Cliff Side; Two Figures and a Sea Serpent
Graphite on ivory paper.
Sheet: 5 13/16 x 3 11/16 in. (14.8 x 9.4 cm)
Recto: Inscribed in graphite at upper right: "a frightful mountain / gorge, dark with / a phosforesent light / coming from a Cata- / ract before which a / band of harmless / [?] pack on a / giddy bridge horrified / at the sight of a / monster with / fish flesh or [?], but / the [?] combined / issues from a black / mysterious hole in / the mountain side. / Arnold Bücklin"; at lower center: "a [?] sea dashes its foam upon the rock [on in?] of / which is seated a merman blowing on a crimson conch / his shiny skin is covered with sea grass and his [?] / torso reflects on the glistening [?] the sun at light [a?] / merman lies on his back at his [?] [and?] playfully holds the / head of a green serpent which lifts its [solid?] fins among the / waves. his other hand is [c...?] in his [?] hair" Verso: Inscribed in graphite at top: "Mr J.J. Jackson / Mis. Huirkins[?] & Tailor / 11 Fountain Street / Manchester."; at center: "Becker [?] / My Monsieur Ollieu[?] / 12, Place du Musée / à Venice / [(lsère)?]; bellow, at bottom: "H Dillon / quai D'anjou 13"
Drawing from a bound album of 308 tipped in works by Beckwith.
Gift of the National Academy of Design
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