Peasant with Water Jug: Study for "The Well"
Daniel Ridgway Knight’s great skill as a draftsman is apparent in this preparatory pencil study for the finished painting on view nearby. Not surprisingly, the focus of this study is the figure: the artist is unlikely to have executed such finished drawings for the composition’s landscape elements, which are more broadly rendered in the painting. Knight delineated every detail of the figure’s contours and the neat geometry of the jug. He further elaborated the forms with delicate passages of shading, which anticipate the light effects and color relationships in the finished work.
- Artist: Daniel Ridgway Knight, American, 1839-1924
- Medium: Graphite on brown colored, medium weight, slightly textured wove paper
- Dates: ca. 1880
- Dimensions: Sheet: 10 1/8 x 7 1/8 in. (25.7 x 18.1 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Initialed lower left in graphite: "D R K"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1989.29.2
- Credit Line: Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Daniel Ridgway Knight (American, 1839-1924). Peasant with Water Jug: Study for "The Well," ca. 1880. Graphite on brown colored, medium weight, slightly textured wove paper, Sheet: 10 1/8 x 7 1/8 in. (25.7 x 18.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Milberg, 1989.29.2
- Catalogue Description: Figure traced on verso in graphite
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)