Menzel was the leading master of later nineteenth-century German art.
In its deftness and subtlety of line and modelling, it compares with the life drawings of Degas, also represented in the Barber collection. The drawing is a study for the gouache entitled ‘Contribution’, signed and dated 1884, and now in the Kupfertichkabinett, Berlin.
Purchased from Flavia Ormond Fine Arts Limited with assistance from the Art Fund and the Resource/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, April 2003 (No. 2003.3)