Conrad Martin Metz (1749-1827)

The Death of the Children of Niobe Rome, 1820 Pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white 454 x 684 mm Metz lived in Rome from 1801 until his death in 1827. This highly-worked presentation drawing treats the slaughter of Niobe’s seven sons and seven daughters by Apollo and Diana, a subject from Ovid … Read more

Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878)

Interior of an Inn France, 1861 Etching Plate: 120 x 150 mm; paper: 270 x 223 mm; mount: 405 x 555 mm This interior shows the corridor of an inn lined with pairs of shoes and a broom, dramatically lit by a lamp. Daubigny also depicted this scene in daylight. The observation of a scene … Read more

Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878)

The Children in the Cart Auvers-sur-Oise, 1861 Etching Plate: 130 x 180 mm; paper: 280 x 250 mm; mount: 405 x 555 mm Daubigny watches from his boat as a woman, possibly his wife, assists a group of children pulling a cart. Madame Daubigny holds her youngest son’s hand while he rides sleepily in the cart. … Read more

Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878)

The Satyr Île-de-France, Paris, 1850 Etching 260 x 200 mm A satyr appears in a landscape that may have been inspired by the forest at Fontainebleu. As an artist renowned for a commitment to the faithful reproduction of nature, the presence of the satyr is uncharacteristic. Early in his career, Daubigny restored paintings at the … Read more

John Crome (1768-1821)

Mousehold Heath Norfolk, 1810 Etching Plate: 230 x 305 mm; paper: 350 x 465 mm; mount: 405 x 555 mm Mousehold Heath is to the north east of Norwich. The barren landscape was a popular subject for local artists in the first half of the 19th century. In this view of the heath Crome filters … Read more

Théodore Chassériau (1819 – 1856)

Apollo and Daphne Paris, 1844 Lithograph Paper: 320 x 245 mm; mount: 555 x 405 mm According to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Daphne turned into a laurel tree to escape the clutches of the besotted god Apollo. Although Chassériau emphasises the intense emotion of the subject, he shows Daphne, despite her evident anxiety, as very much an … Read more

Arthur Melville (1855-1904)

The Lawn Tennis Party at Marcus Glasgow, 1889 Watercolour and pencil heightened with body colour, on paper 760 x 940 x 34 mm Originally conceived in the late summer of 1886, Melville’s fresh and spontaneous watercolour shows the family home of John Robertson (a friend of the artist), at Marcus in north-east Scotland.  Robertson himself … Read more

Jean Louis André Théodore Géricault (1791-1824)

The Flemish Farrier France, 1821 Lithograph 290 x 390 mm A rural working horse dominates this cramped and hot interior. A farrier with rolled-up sleeves and disheveled clothing works on the horse’s hoof, highlighted by bright white steam. This print formed part of Géricault’s publication The English Series – Various Subjects Drawn From Life. By … Read more

John Leech (1817-1864)

Mr Briggs contemplates a day’s fishing Coloured etching 240 x 299 mm Fishing was seen as a means of escaping urban congestion, offering the working man relaxation. Mr Briggs’s front-room construction of this contemplative sport is rather more frenetic, as his line knocks candlesticks, picture frames and vases from the mantel piece. Briggs’s shocked wife … Read more