Sir William Blake Richmond, R.A.
Study of a Seated Draped Male Figure for St Paul’s Cathedral, Possibly Cyrus, King of Babylon
Black and White Chalk on Buff paper
8 x 5 ½ in. (20 x 14 cm.)
Framed: 16 ½ x 13 ½ in. (42 x 34.2 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, Belgravia, 22 May 1979, lots 6 and 9;
Blake Richmond began work on his elaborate mosaic decoration for the quire and apse of St Paul’s Cathedral in 1891. He was actively involved not only in the design, but also in the actualisation of the project, being named as ‘Master Workman’ on a 1896 guide to the scheme. The present drawing appears to be a drapery study of Cyrus, King of Babylon in the North Clerestory.