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Sheet of Studies

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Sheet of Studies

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Henry Somm
French, 1844–1907

Date

1880s

Medium

Brown ink on cream wove paper

Accession #

2007.161

Dimensions

12 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Quick, skillful sketches cover this sheet, showing fashionable young women, a formidable middle-aged woman, and a few male figures. Although Henry Somm was also a painter, his reputation largely rests on his work as a graphic and decorative artist. These figures are delightful variations on a formula, perched on the knife edge that separates the fashion plate from the caricature. The costumes, with their prominent bustles and comparatively narrow skirts tiered in ruffles, date the drawing to the 1880s.

Credit

Gift of Hildegard and Clyde Ryals

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