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Man Lighting a Rocket, also called Peace is Better than a Victory, from Communia Gaudia (The Wide-Spread Rejoicing at the Siege of Namur)

A work made of mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1695

Artist:

Cornelis Dusart (Dutch, 1660-1704)
published by Jacob Gole (Dutch, 1660-1737)

About this artwork

Cornelis Dusart made a series of seven prints documenting the jubilation that erupted after King William III of England reclaimed the city of Namur from France on September 2, 1695. The pyrotechnician on the left (1964.46) has a full arsenal of rockets secured to his belt while the woman on the right (1964.47) prepares to launch a firework. At her side are a bottle of alcohol, a pipe, and a drinking horn to fuel her gaiety; the keys symbolize her renewed sense of security. The mezzotint medium is particularly effective in heightening the drama of nighttime scenes, with the dark velvet shadows emphasizing the presence of fiery light.

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Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Cornelis Dusart

Title

Man Lighting a Rocket, also called Peace is Better than a Victory, from Communia Gaudia (The Wide-Spread Rejoicing at the Siege of Namur)

Origin

Holland

Date

Made 1695

Medium

Mezzotint in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

247 × 179 mm (plate); 248 × 180 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Stanley Field Fund

Reference Number

1964.46

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