A beautifully rendered study for the left figure in "The Mountain Mists". Draper's working method was very similar to that of his mentor Fredrick Leighton in that many chalk studies for figures and drapery were done as well as small oil sketches working out every aspect of the piece before work begins on the final canvas. Often the oil sketches are nearly as beautiful as the finished piece!"Flying Fish", first exhibited in 1910
Chalk study for the figure in "Flying Fish".
Another of Draper's exquisite chalk figure studies. While studying at the St John's Wood life classes his school was often paid visits by Leighton (who was then president of the Royal Academy), Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Edward Poynter. All of these men would have a major influence on young Draper's work and working methods. A few more of his marvelous studies below.
The Gates of Dawn", possibly Draper's masterpiece. The model used for the figure of Aurora was Florence "Florrie" Bird who posed often for Draper. In 2001 the Tate Gallery included this among 3 of Drapers works in its exhibition devoted to the Victorian nude. After nearly a century in obscurity, his work is finally being rediscovered and appreciated once again! Anyway, one can only imagine how incredible it must be to be able to experience this painting in person!