Hercules and the Hydra

Print
ca.1656 (made), 19th century (printed)
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Etching on wove paper titled 'Hercules and the Hydra', signed 'L', lettered 'P:no d.'


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Etching
Brief Description
Etching included in a volume containing 43 plates by Nicholas Lanier I (1568-1646) or II (1588-1666) and Lucas Vorsterman I (1595-1675) or II (1624-c.1667), after drawings by Parmigianino, Giulio Romano and others. These impressions were probably printed in the early 19th century, and then bound in the volume, titled 'Lanier's Drawing Book 1656'. This plate, by Vorsterman (I or II) (see Attributions Note), is titled 'Hercules and the Hydra'.
Physical Description
Etching on wove paper titled 'Hercules and the Hydra', signed 'L', lettered 'P:no d.'
Dimensions
  • Height: 12.7cm
  • Width: 14cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'L.' (Signed)
  • 'P:no d.' (Lettered)
Production
This etching is included in a volume containing 43 plates by Nicholas Lanier I or II, and Lucas Vorsterman I or II, and is signed 'L.' According to entries in the note books of George Vertue, English writer, engraver and antiquary (1684-1756), there were two etchers called Nicholas Lanier, but they are only to be distinguished by different death dates. He notes that Lanier (which could refer to I or II) signed his work 'L'.
Subjects depicted
Associations
Literary ReferenceGreek mythology
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1964 published by HMSO 1965
Collection
Accession Number
E.416-1964

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