book of prints
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- Object: Hood's Bridge of Sighs
"A Series of Etchings suggested by Hood's Bridge of Sighs. Designed and Etched by J. W. Ehninger" (New York, George P. Putnam) n.d.; containing 8 outline etchings in ovals representing the courtship, abandonment, and eventual suicide by jumping from a bridge of a young woman in medievalized costume. Stitched together with titlepage and bound in original oatmeal wrapper.
- Production date
- 1850 (c.)
Height: 289 millimetres (sheet size of each page)
Width: 370 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hood's poem "The Bridge of Sighs" (first published 1844) inspired other artists in the nineteenth century, including John Everett Millais. For etchings on the subject by Millais and Fitzgerald, published by the Junior Etching Club (1858), see the volume kept at 190*.b.16 (1863,0411.167-200). Waterloo Bridge in London was known as the "Bridge of Sighs" because many people, especially women, chose to commit suicide by jumping from it into the Thames below.
Ehninger's etchings remove their viewers from any London associations into a realm of medieval fantasy.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: A Series of Etchings suggested by Hood's Bridge of Sighs
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