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Design for illustration in 'Hero & Leander'; two male figures and three female figures gathered in a room. c.1894
Pen and ink, with white bodycolour
- Production date
- 1894 (circa)
Height: 82 millimetres
Width: 80 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is a preparatory drawing for an illustration in 'Hero and Leander', a volume published by Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon in 1894 (p.13). Woodblocks for the engravings illustrating this telling of the Greek myth by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman, were cut by the artists themselves, rather than by a professional engraver. The drawing has been executed directly onto tracing paper in preparation for transfer onto the block (and has been worked on both sides). The resulting woodblock is also in the collection at the British Museum (1937,0612.325).
This drawing sits together on the same album leaf as 1946,2809.90.
From an album of 89 drawings by Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon. For full description and comment, see 1946,0209.35 (which is the first image in the album).
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Hero & Leander
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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