A second artist’s reference image of this tall and well-toned model posing for Jacques de Lalaing, some time in the 1880s or 1890s. This print has been neatly drawn over with a grid pattern, which proves its former usefulness to the artist, even if it does distract somewhat from the aesthetic appeal of the shot, and the model’s good looks!
A further page of Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout’s reference photographs for artists, published between 1870 and 1880 by A. Calavas as an affordable and convenient alternative to life models, and especially useful for amateur artists working at home.
One of the earliest sets of images in my whole collection, these reference photographs of the male nude were taken byJean Louis Marie Eugène Durieu, in association with the artist Delacroix, in 1855. Further poses can be seen here.
A fourth photograph of the same model, in similar position, from Belgian sculptor Jacques de Lalaing, taken in the 1880s-1890s.
Another full page of anatomical reference nudes, posed by anoymous artists’ models, photographed in the studio of Louis Jean-Baptiste Igout, and published by A. Calavas, between 1870 and 1880.
A third photograph of this artists’ model sitting for Jacques de Lalaing; the fact we have the same pose captured from differing angles shows this set of pictures were taken as reference for a three-dimensional sculpture, not one of his painted works.
A second photograph of this unknown man, modelling in the studio of Belgian sculptor Jacques de Lalaing in the 1880-1890s.
A 19th century artists’ model, photographed in dramatic pose by Gaudenzio Marconi (we have seen further examples of his reference material here.)
A 19th century artists’ model assumes a dramatic pose in the studio, photographer sadly unrecorded - I should love to know what figure he represents, what painting or sculpture this eventually became!
An utterly beautiful reference photograph by Belgian sculptor Jacques de Lalaing, some time in the 1880s-90s : quite the most graceful and gloriously poised artists’ model I’ve laid eyes on for a long time!
A fine-figured Frenchman working as an artists’ model, photographed by Gaudenzio Marconi, c1865. We have already seen this magnificent bearded gent in a much more contemplative pose.
A second photograph of this strikingly good-looking man, an artists’ model in 1880s France - I just knew I’d seen that handsome face (and admirable body!) before.
A late 19th century artists’ model strikes a powerful pose in the studio, given solid poles to grip in place of whatever weapon or object he will bear in the finished work.
A fantastically dramatic photograph of an artist’s model providing a pose reference for some unknown work. It is at once a shame the picture has been so damaged, and a releif that it has survived at all - these prints could so easily have been discarded and destroyed after playing their part in the creative process.