Sir Edward John Poynter, BT., P.R.A


Study of a seated female bather, probably a study for ‘Water Babies’


Black and White Chalk on salmon pink paper


10 ½ x 10 ½ in. (26.5 x 26.5 cm.)

24 ½ x 18 ½ in. (62 x 47 cm.). (framed)



Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, Belgravia, 23 June 1981, lot 30 (as ‘By a pool’);

Private Collection.

Poynter maintained his interest in both the classical and the academic throughout his career, inspired by his training at the Royal Academy in London, and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.


In the academic tradition, he continued to execute sensitively rendered nude studies for all his pictures to understand the pose and form of the body. He celebrated the female nude and made a series of pictures of woman in classical settings, often by pools of water including Water Babies, for which this appears to be a rejected study.