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Miravan breaking open the tomb of his ancestors

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1870,0514.484

  • Title (object)

    • Miravan breaking open the tomb of his ancestors
  • Description

    Miravan, a young noble, turning away and hiding his face from the contents of tomb, opened by two men, containing skeleton and not treasure as he had thought; his outstretched arm indicating the fact to two men entering through broken door at left; published state. 18 December 1772
    Mezzotint

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1772
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 505 millimetres
    • Width: 360 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title caption in 3 lines, detailing the narrative, and production and publication detail, all below image: "Joseph Wright pinxit", "Val. Green fecit.", "John Boydell excudit 1773" and "Published Decr. 18th, 1772, by J. BOYDELL Engraver in Cheapside LONDON."
  • Curator's comments

    After Wright's painting of 1772, Derby City Art Gallery.

  • Bibliography

    • Chaloner Smith 1883 162 bibliographic details
    • Whitman 1902 174.II bibliographic details
    • Clayton 1990 P11.III bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Mounted Atlas)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1870

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1870,0514.484

Miravan, a young noble, turning away and hiding his face from the contents of tomb, opened by two men, containing skeleton and not treasure as he had thought; his outstretched arm indicating the fact to two men entering through broken door at l; published state.  18 December 1772  Mezzotint

Recto

Miravan, a young noble, turning away and hiding his face from the contents of tomb, opened by two men, containing skeleton and not treasure as he had thought; his outstretched arm indicating the fact to two men entering through broken door at l; published state. 18 December 1772 Mezzotint

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