A Natural Stone Arch Beside the Sea, Carlo Ferrario
Pencil on paper; roughly 8 x 12 inches (21 x 31 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, NY.
19th century artist Carlo Ferrario is known for his drawings for the designs of operatic stage sets. This drawing is a natural scene, possibly from life, and was meant to be part of a set of 27 drawings.
I love his confident delineation of the rocky shapes, his alternately bold and sensitive pencil marks and his wonderful control of value.