Albert Joseph Moore, A.R.W.S.
Study of a Draped figure for ‘The Shulamite’
Black and White Chalk on brown paper
12 ½ x 7 ½ in. (31.8 x 18.7 cm.)
Framed: 20 x 14 in. (50 x 35.5 cm.)
With Julian Hartnoll, London;
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, Belgravia, 24 June 1980, lot 16;
Robyn Asleson, Albert Moore, London, 2000, p. 214 (n. 20).
In 1864 Moore began The Shulamite relating to the Glories of King Solomon to her Maidens, his largest oil painting measuring 7 feet long and 3 feet high.
It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1866 and is now in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Despite being hung very high critics noted ‘it’s exquisite draperies, clothing exquisite form’ (Times, 22 May 1866, p. 12)
Other studies for the painting are in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.