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.)
L'Allegro 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).