Graphite on paper; 3 1/8 x 4 in. (80 x 100 mm). Museo Civico, Bassano del Grappa, Italy.
Canova thought through his composition of Washington using three-dimensional preparatory models and two-dimensional sketches. This small drawing shows an early idea for the statue. The figure is draped and seated on a low stool while presenting a tablet. It was probably produced after the Primo Pensiero was modeled.