Comedy (from Fifteen Etchings Dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds), John Hamilton Mortimer
In the metropolitan Museum of Art. Use “Fullscreen” link and Download arrow. The outside dimentions of the sheet on which the etching is printed are roughly 12 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (29 x 19 cm).
Another example of that wonderful quality of line that only seems possible with an etching needle. Here, Mortimer has supplemented traditional hatching with dense wavering cross hatching in the darkest areas and areas of stipple in the (weirdly demonic) faces.
Link: Comedy, Met Museum
2 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: John Hamilton Mortimer etching”
Yeah, what IS with those faces? This looks like such a benign scene until you go close in and see those creepy, creepy eyes! Weird.
I think it has to do with a different interpretation of the subject than we might have in the present.
Comments are closed.