(1751 – 1784)
Private Collection, UK
London, Roland, Browse & Delbanco, 1949
This remarkable drawing is by James Jefferys, one of the most interesting and accomplished artists working in Rome in the 1770s. He drew his inspiration from Mannerist painting and classical sculpture but forged his own personal and individual vision of antiquity. Jefferys drawings are rare (he died at the young age of 33). This is undoubtedly one of his finest works which has remained in perfect condition.