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Print - Euphormio's Satyricon
  • Euphormio's Satyricon
    Harris, Derrick, born 1919 - died 1960
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Euphormio's Satyricon

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    circa 1954 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Harris, Derrick, born 1919 - died 1960 (printmaker)
    Harris, Derrick, born 1919 - died 1960 (designer)
    The Golden Cockerel Press (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 147, box B

Wood engraving has been used for a wide range of commercial purposes since the 18th century. Derrick Harris was one of the most distinctive British wood engravers of the mid- 20th century. A pupil of John Farleigh (1900-1965), a leading 20th century wood engraver and artist, Harris went on to develop his own inimitable style, characterized by great vitality, good humour, and frequently an element of slapstick comedy, reminiscent of the Chapbook illustrations that he admired. Harris worked as a freelance illustrator over a range of formats - book and magazine illustration and commercial graphics (advertisements, calendars, Christmas cards, etc.). This print shows an artist engaging enthusiastically and successfully with the medium of wood engraving at a time when it was otherwise at a rather low ebb.

Physical description

Proof sheet with title page of the publication 'Euphormio's Satyricon' on the first page with a medallion in the centre showing an image of John Barclay by Derrick Harris. An illustration of Euphormio by Derrick Harris is on the second page. The borders on the title page and illustration on second page are printed in red ink.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


circa 1954 (printed)


Harris, Derrick, born 1919 - died 1960 (printmaker)
Harris, Derrick, born 1919 - died 1960 (designer)
The Golden Cockerel Press (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving

Marks and inscriptions

Translated from the Latin into English for the first time, from the 1605 edition, BY PAUL TURNER
Ten Wood Engravings by DERRICK HARRIS
Printed in Great Britain by THE GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS


Height: 27.7 cm size of sheet, Width: 18.9 cm size of sheet, Height: 18.6 cm size of image, Width: 12.6 cm size of image, Height: 18.6 cm image on reverse of the sheet, Width: 12.6 cm image on reverse of the sheet

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Proof printed on both sides of a prospectus advertising a forthcoming publication by The Golden Cockerel Press of 'Euphormio's Satyricon' by John Barclay; with wood engravings by Derrick Harris on the front and second page; 1954


Ink; Paper


Wood engraving




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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