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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: The infancy of Bacchus

Title of artwork:
The infancy of Bacchus
Artist:
Shannon, Charles H.
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Lithograph
Engraver:
Shannon, Charles H.
Author:
Anon.
Title of Publication:
The dial
Publisher:
L. Hacon and C. Ricketts
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1898
Curator Comment:
The Vale Press, founded by Charles Ricketts and Charles H. Shannon published five issues of the art publication 'The Dial' between 1889 and 1897. Following the Arts and Crafts ethos of William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, the illustrations were taken from hand-cut wood blocks or, as with this example, from lithographic stones drawn on directly by the artist. All were printed on hand-made paper. Shannon was one of the leading exponents in Britain of lithography as an artistic medium.
Note on artwork:
This circular compositon depicts the Infant god Bacchus riding on Mercury's / Hermes's back over the sea. The image was published in 'The Dial' No 5 (1897) and is an original lithograph in dark-green ink. Shannon produced a painted version of the subject in oil in the period from 1902 - 1906.
References:
ONDB online and Grove Art online


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