Study of a Nude Girl being attended by a Female figure
Sir Edward John Poynter Bt PRA RWS (1839-1919)
Black and white chalk on brown paper
11 x 71/4 inches, 28 x 18.4 cm.
The painting, Idle Fears, was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1894, number 253 and represents a mother preparing a nervous adolescent girl for a Roman bath. The present drawing is a study for the figures. It was common practice within the Academic tradition for an artist to demonstrate his learning by borrowing poses from classical and renaissance sources. Poynter has done so here in a playful way, taking the pose of the girl from Michelangelo's powerful Libyan Sibyl on the Sistine ceiling.. — Hilary Morgan
[Compare with an later sketch for the same work]