Study of a cast of the Roman sculpture ‘Pancrastinae’ or ‘Wrestlers
William Mulready (1786-1863)
Black and white chalk on green-grey wove paper
Width 33 cm x height 36 cm
Museum no. 6000
The rules relating to the Royal Academy Schools, London, stated 'Each student...shall present a drawing or model from some plaister (sic) cast to the Keeper, and if he thinks him properly qualified he shall be permitted to make a drawing or model of some cast in the Royal Academy, which will be approved by the Keeper and Visitor for the time being, shall be laid before the Council for their confirmation, which obtained he shall receive his letter of admission....Where he shall continue to draw after the plaister (sic), till the Keeper and Visitor...judge him qualified to draw after the living models...’ This drawing, which is inscribed 'for permission to draw from the living model', was Mulready’s submission at that point in his training.