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Creator Name: Mortimer, John Hamilton
Creator Nationality: British
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1740 - 1779
Creator Birth Place: Eastbourne
Creator Death Place: London
Creator Name-CRT: John Hamilton Mortimer
Title: Richard II
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1775
Creation End Date: 1775
Creation Date: 1775
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Print
Materials and Techniques: etching in brown ink
Dimensions: Sheet: 57.3cm x 40.8cm, Image: 34.1cm x 28cm, Platemark: 39.9cm x 32.4cm
Inscriptions: inscribed lower right in pen and brown ink: N:161: J:M; numbered upper right corner in brown ink: 6
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2002.58
Credit Line: Gift of various donors to the department of Prints (by exchange)
Provenance: Charles Ryskamp
Style or Period: England, 18th century
Context: John Hamilton Mortimer supported the prevailing academic doctrine which located history painting at the top of the hierarchy of subject matter. Unlike many of his contemporaries, however, he turned to the great subjects of English literature for themes. From 1775 to 1776, Mortimer produced etchings of twelve Shakespearean characters, including King Lear, Ophelia, and Caliban. In this dramatic composition, the skeletal figure of death looms over the tense King Richard II. This rare signed proof is a marvelous example of Mortimer's Romantic sensibility.By the time he was twenty-three years old, Mortimer had won numerous prizes for his drawings and paintings and was considered one of the rising stars of English art. In 1774, he became president of the Society of Artists of Great Britain, to whose annual exhibitions he was a regular contributor. The artist's promising career was cut short by his untimely death at the age of thirty-nine.
AMICA ID: CMA_.2002.58
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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