John Murphy Figurative Print - The Cyclops at their Forge
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John Murphy
The Cyclops at their Forge

1788

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Engraving after a mythological painting of a group of Cyclops in the Baroque Masterpiece by Luca Giordano known today as Vulcan's Forge (ca 1660). According to Roman mythology, three Cyclops - one eyed Titans- worked at the forge of Vulcan in the caves of Mount Etna, making thunderbolts for Jupiter. Mezzotint published in 1788 by John Boydell, London as part of 'The Houghton Gallery' (the collection of the Empress of Russia at Houghton). Made by John Murphy after Luca Giordano. John Murphy (ca. 1748-1820) was an Irish mezzotint engraver and publisher. He moved to London in 1778, where resided with the printmaker George Keating and became one of the finest mezzotint engravers of the late eighteenth century. He engraved after the Italian masters and after his contemporaries. He published many of his engravings himself. Along with Richard Earlom he was commissioned by Boydell to engrave some of the most important plates from 'The Houghton Gallery', which are some of the finest mezzotint engravings in the history of British art. Luca Giordano (Naples; 1634-1705) was an Italian late Baroque painter and etcher.

Details

  • Artist
    John Murphy (1748 - 1820, Irish)
  • Creation Year
    1788
  • Medium
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Minimal staining in the margins. Weakness on the platemark (from printing process).
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 21.66 in. x W 15.44 in.H 55 cm x W 39.2 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Zeeland, NL
  • Reference Number
    LU59231757993
  • Seller Reference Number
    46329 - B11-11
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