This is the album of figure studies from the theatrical productions the artist, Lady Wharncliffe, attends from 1807-09. Characters, gestures, action, and costumes are sketched sometimes in color. Sketching is one of Lady Wharncliffe’s past-times, which includes singing, playing the guitar, spinning (wool), and feeding her bantams (birds). All of which are appropriate for a woman in her time and from a well connected, wealthy, English family.


Pencil, and ink, on paper.


Artist:Lady Wharncliffe.


The online archive of the complete sketchbook at the Tate.


(All images are Part of Album of Figure Studies. Untitled, date not known, Lady Wharncliffe (née Lady Caroline Mary Elizabeth Creighton) c.1776–1853, Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996. Photo: Tate)