Like many artists of the period, Fritz Erler was fascinated by sex and intimacy, and used his artistic skills to explore society’s obsessions and avoidances around the subject. This set of drawings, from a private collection, was created when Erler was in his late fifties and early sixties, and from the perspective of a comfortably well-off artist with time to experiment these witty – and possibly angst-inspired – images maybe tell us something about the precoccupations of middle-class masculinity at a time of great social upheaval.

This portfolio covers a wide range of sexual ideas and interactions, many of them featuring tiny men fascinated by different aspects of women’s bodies. We know little about Erler’s personal life at the time, but these witty drawings from the 1920s and 30s surely tell us something about his thoughts and observations on the subject.