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Hercules overcomes Antaeus, who opposes his passage into Africa / Copper Plate Magazine

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1877,1013.1250

  • Title (object)

    • Hercules overcomes Antaeus, who opposes his passage into Africa

    Title (series)

    • Copper Plate Magazine
  • Description

    Hercules killing the giant Antaeus by lifting him up; the hero's club at his feet; a cliff in the right middle distance; lettered state of of illustration to Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'
    Etching and engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1774-1778 (c)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 200 millimetres
    • Width: 151 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with production detail: 'Eisen del.t - W. Walker sculp.', publication line: 'Published by G. Kearsly, No.46 Fleet Street', and title.
  • Curator's comments

    This is a British copy of a French plate engraved by Noel Lemire after Eisen. See 1877,1013.1241 for comment.
    For early proof see 1877,1013.1251

  • Location

    French Post-binder Small

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Metamorphoses
  • Acquisition date

    1877

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1877,1013.1250


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