Study of Michelangelo’s “Dying Slave” (Plaster Cast)
Courtesy of the owner
Charcoal on paper, Irregular dimensions
Unsigned, but inscribed on margin: “Please try to write your
signature more clearly.”
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.
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
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."
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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