Study for L'Allegro, circa 1920
Framed (ref: 57)
Original drawing for the line etching, signed
Pencil on paper, lightly squared,
27 x 21 in. ( 68.5 x 53.3 cm.)
Tags: Colin Gill British School of Rome
was Gill's major Rome work and the culmination of his three-year scholarship. This study is for the dancing nude in the centre of the composition (see below).
The painting was inspired by Milton's 'Sonnet L'Allegro
But come, thou Goddess fair and free,
In Heaven yclep'd Euphrosyne...
Come, and trip it, as you go,
On the light fantastick toe;
The Tate Gallery holds another of Gill's studies for L'Allegro
, a seated female nude (accession no. NO3659).