Watermark: 2 lions rampant; shield divided vertically in 3 bands, 3 x's in center band, crown and cross above.Collector's Mark pasted on back: scroll (belt) containing 3 words, Virtus Patientia Veritas; within scroll the initials R J. Lugt No. 2216: R. Johnson.
Signed recto, l.r.: T. Roszak Inscribed recto, l.l.: SEA-SENTINEL Inscribed verso, u.l.: 9 (in circle) THEODORE ROSZAK / ONE ST. LUKES PLACE, N.Y.C. [stamped] No 18-(Eighteen) Inscribed in pencil, verso, u.r.: Study for Sculpture / SEA-SENTINEL/1953-N.Y.C./ 10 x 12
This drawing is done in brownish ink and wash against a light background, has a narrow horizontal format. It shows a group of figures clustered into the right half of the composition. The central figure is a bearded man, seated under a tree, gazing upward as he holds a loaf of bread in one hand and raises his other hand up in the air. The other figures- two men, a woman and a child- are looking at him intently .
The subject of this drawing is the "Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes" from the New Testament of the Bible (John 6:5-14). Christ instructed his disciples to distribute a young boy's five loaves of bread and two fish to a large crowd that had gathered. All were fed from this small amount of food. In this drawing, Christ is seated in the middle of the group and his hand posture and skyward gaze suggest that the artist is depicting the moment when Christ blessed the loaves and fish before they were given to the crowd.