Two studies of a nude female figure, resting on a ledge, with her left leg crossing her right foot

Two nude seated female figures. Studies for the painting, the Champion Swimmer by Sir Edward John Poynter Bt PRA RWS (1839-1919). circa 1914. Black and white chalks on green paper: 12 5/8 x 18 3/4 inches, 32.1 x 47.9 centimetres. The recto is marked with Poynter's studio stamp (Lugt, Frits, Marques de Collections, l921, number 874)

Commentary by Hilary Morgan

The present drawing shows two studies for the figure of the bather on the right-hand side of the Champion Swimmer, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1914, number 350 under the title Sea Bath.

The drawing reveals how Poynter maintained traditions of classical subject matter and academic draughtsmanship well into the twentieth century.


Morgan, Hilary and Nahum, Peter. Burne-Jones, The Pre-Raphaelites and Their Century. London: Peter Nahum, 1989. Catalogue number 114.

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