Anton Romako is among the most important, albeit also among the most idiosyncratic, painters of the late 19th century. Known for his numerous history paintings and genre scenes, the artist built a network of supporters and patrons. In 1856 he moved to Rome, where he would stay for two decades and experience the most fruitful period of his artistic career. Created during that period, this sketch, showing various figure studies, is testament to Romako’s skills as a draftsman and to his interest in studying the human body. The depictions vary greatly in terms of their elaboration and show members of different social classes.