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Europa

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    10/12/1776 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (engraver)
    Boydell, John, born 1719 - died 1804 (publisher)
    Cosway, Richard RA, born 1742 - died 1821 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:

    E.568-1959

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PE, shelf 25

Physical description

Print showing the figure of Europa as a female, her breasts bare, sitting sideways on the back of a bull in the sea and reaching towards her maidens in the distance. Beneath are two cupids, one looking to front and sitting on the back of a dolphin, the other in the sea with his back to the viewer. In the right background are Europa's maidens, standing on the shore.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

10/12/1776 (published)

Artist/maker

Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (engraver)
Boydell, John, born 1719 - died 1804 (publisher)
Cosway, Richard RA, born 1742 - died 1821 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint

Marks and inscriptions

'Painted by R. Cosway. Engraved by J. R. Smith. Published Decr. 10th. 1776 by J. Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London.'
Lettered with title and

Stamped with the mark of the collection of F. Bernstein (first quarter of 20th century) (Lugt 982b)

Dimensions

Height: 27.9 cm, Width: 38.1 cm

Descriptive line

'Europa'. Print showing Europa carried away across the sea on the back of a bull. Mezzotint by John Raphael Smith after Richard Cosway, 1776.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.

Techniques

Mezzotint

Subjects depicted

Bull; Sea; Women; Cupids; Dolphin; Garland; Sea shore

Categories

Prints; Myths & Legends

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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