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Miravan

A work made of mezzotint on off-white laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint on off-white laid paper.

Date:

1772

Artist:

Valentine Green (English, 1739-1813)
after Joseph Wright of Derby (English, 1734-1797)

About this artwork

Being relatively cheap and widely available, prints reproducing Joseph Wright of Derby’s paintings were largely responsible for establishing his reputation. Valentine Green’s mezzotint captures the drama and exoticism of Wright’s painting of the story of Miravan, a young nobleman who raided the tomb of his ancestor looking for treasure, only to find an inscription rebuking him for his greed and for disturbing the eternal rest of the dead. The rich blacks and bright highlights of the mezzotint technique were ideally suited to the translation of the unusual lamplight that had become one of Wright’s trademarks.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Valentine Green

Title

Miravan

Origin

England

Date

1772

Medium

Mezzotint on off-white laid paper

Dimensions

460 × 354 mm (image); 505 × 355 mm (plate); 669 × 525 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Sara R. Shorey Endowment and Dr. William D. and Sara R. Shorey Fund

Reference Number

1990.502

Extended information about this artwork

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