Cupid Dipped in Wine, Illustration to the Sixth Ode of Anacreon
Henry Pierce Bone (1779-1855)
Sepia wash over pencil on wove paper
Width 42.4 cm x height 32 cm
Museum no. E.1467-1939
This sketch was drawn at a meeting of the Sketching Society, the rules of which were that the subject should be executed in the medium of sepia. It is testimony to sepia’s extensive tonal range. Were the washes in different colours rather than in shades of brown we would be inclined to call them water-colour.