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Equilibrium of the Human Body (continued): 832/7.f.15

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Equilibrium of the Human Body (continued)


Draughtsman: Flaxman, John


Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1916-12) by Murray, Charles Fairfax

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Materials used in production

Grey ink

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper
Leaf Height 230 mm Width 169 mm

Techniques used in production

Handwriting : Pen and grey ink on laid paper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: twice

  • Text: 15
  • Location: Upper right
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: 6
  • Location: Upper right
  • Method of creation: Grey ink

Inscription present: the following in grey ink unless stated otherwise: [i] preceding word crossed through; [ii] preceding letter crossed through; [iii] the first 'l' is a later addition in brown ink; [iv] preceding word crossed through; [v] preceding character crossed through

  • Text: higher than the other side of the figure / the same observation holds good in all figures / resting on one leg or bearing a weight with / respect to that the[i] side of the figure on which / the weight is born. / 5 preparing to run / 6 running / 7 Striking the forces of the blow is assisted / by the weight of the body conveyed from / A[ii] C to D / 8 raising a weight / 9 carrying a weight on the shoulder / 10 In the preparation for a leap the body is / bent towards the knees & the knees toward / the feet whilst the arms are thrown back / as nearly as possible parallel[iii] to the horizon / the gullet remains the length of the foot before / the feet; so that when the the[iv] sudden extension / of the muscles in the front of the body, thighs &[v] / legs & feet, are resisted by the ground the figure / is thrown upwards & forwards diagonally
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Grey ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 832/7.f.15
Primary reference Number: 38541
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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