William T. Trego: Catalogue Raisonne

Study of Michelangelo’s “Dying Slave” (Plaster Cast)

Courtesy of the owner

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Charcoal on paper, Irregular dimensions
Unsigned, but inscribed on margin: “Please try to write your signature more clearly.”
Private Collection


This sketch was likely done while Trego was at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts which, then as now, included a copy of Michelangelo’s “Dying Slave” in its collection of plaster casts. The handwriting in the margin has not been identified, but it would seem that one of the instructors at the academy felt that Trego’s control of line did not apply to his handwriting.


The sketch is one of several rescued by Walter E. Baum from Trego’s studio after his death. It passed to Baum’s son, Robert “Bert” Baum, and from him to the current owner.


Doylestown, Pennsylvania, James A. Michener Art Museum, June 3-Oct 2, 2011: "So Bravely and So Well: The Life and Art of William T. Trego."


The paper is discolored and brittle, and several pieces are missing on the right-hand side. It is possible than any signature was on a section now lost.

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