John Mortimer

Revengeful monster

Revengeful monster by John Mortimer

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Mortimer was a master of the 'hybrid' which André Chastel defined as:

the form that, with a feeling of whimsy and caprice, confounds the image of the species, combining animate and inanimate, vegetable and animal, bestial and human, in a state of continuous metamorphosis.

The Romantics recognised that their insistence on the significance of the Self meant an acceptance of the human capacity for opposing sentiments: violence and tenderness; sense and savagery.

(Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
Revengeful monster
Artist/creator
Production date
1780
Medium
etching
Dimensions
155 x 227 mm
Inscription
(within image) M (LR) (below image) REVENGEFUL MONSTER (LC). Published as the Act directs Jan 25 1780 (LL) by J Mortimer Norfolk. Street, Strand (LR).
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/39/2
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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