'Study (VII) for Virgin & Child'

16.5″ x 11.7″  (42 x 29.7 cms) charcoal drawing on 250g Bristol smooth fine art paper, 2013.

Chris Gollon was an artist who preferred to go straight to canvas, so never made preparatory drawings for his paintings, or extremely rarely. So although he was a consummate draughtsman, drawings are relatively rare. Gollon was an artist who worked six days a week and lived to paint. So drawings only tended to be made,  whenever adverse weather or other events kept him at home, when prevented from travelling to his studio a few miles away. He would use Chinese pen and ink, or pencil or charcoal, and occasionally he would make drawings derived from his paintings, rather than the other way round.

This drawing is a rare exception, which is a drawing study made before his very large work ‘Virgin & Child’ was painted,  and the latter then became part of his national touring exhibition to English cathedrals, ‘Incarnation, Mary and Women from the Bible’.