FROM HONTHORST TO PAUL RENOUARD
|1.||Gerard van Honthorst, Utrecht, Italy, England, the Hague, 1590 to 1656. Some etchings assigned to him are affected by Caravaggio, but one little print--H. 51/4 × L. 45/8 in.--shows him in a very different style, subtle and attractive. It represents a musician in a soft cap, playing on a curved horn by candlelight, while reading from a scroll of music lying on a table, left.|
|2.||Francis Cleyn, born at Rostock, became a great influence under Charles I, aiding the development of English tapestry-making. He died in 1658. A few etchings: the Seven Liberal Arts, 1645; ten plates of grotesque ornaments, and five prints of The Senses, with scroll ornaments and cupids, etc. Cleyn could etch a nude freely and gracefully. Designed the frontispiece of Ogilby's Æsop's Fables, 1655, and aided Ogilby Virgil, 1654.|
|3.||One of Cleyn's etchings, measuring H. 75/8 × L. 63/16 in., I take to be a Royalist cartoon dating from the Civil Wars. Charles I, on foot in the pelting rain, is walking towards our left. With his right hand he leads his charger; with the other he conducts a stately female figure whose head is hidden by a wind-blown shawl, and who personifies Misfortune, I assume. Charles has turned his face towards her, walking blindly forward, more heedless than a dripping spaniel that walks droopingly near the horse. A few yards more and they will reach the opening of a grotto, at the mouth of which, half seen, are a peacock and a male figure, who wears on his head a spiked band of metal. Across the top of this|
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Publication information: Book title: A Book of British Etching:From Francis Barlow to Francis Seymour Haden. Contributors: Walter Shaw Sparrow - Author. Publisher: John Lane The Bodley Head Limited. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1926. Page number: 30.
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