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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption:

Artist:
Maclise, Daniel
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Engraving
Author:
Lytton, Edward Bulwer
Title of Publication:
Pilgrims of the Rhine
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1891
Curator Comment:
'The Pilgrims of the Rhine' was first published in 1834; the present illustration is reproduced from the 1891 limited 'edition de luxe'. Maclise illustrated many books, some written by friends such as Lytton for whose 'The Pilgrims of the Rhine' he produced imaginative images of fairies and romantic medieval scenes of knights in armour which correspond to some of his painted works of the period. The present illustration relates to an undated oil painting 'Pan' (private collection).
Note on artwork:
The nature god, Pan, with his distinctive pipes, is seen at the centre of this vignette, as if peering over a flowery tussock beneath which fantastic figures can be seen. By the light of the moon, numerous nude and semi-nude fairy figures cavort in a garland around the whole composition.
References:
ONDB online and DIB online and Grove Art online and Strickland


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