Studies of Goats. Probably Related to a Painting of the Prodigal Son
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)
Black and white chalk on buff laid paper
Width 21 cm x height 17.5 cm
Museum no. Dyce 688
The paper is very rough. It appears to have been scarcely pressed at all and individual fibres can be picked out. The horizontal and vertical lines of the laid paper are visible in the drawn areas especially in the areas of white where they have only partially accepted the chalk. White chalk is often used to provide an image with highlights. Here it is used to define form.