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A work made of pen and black ink on off-white laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and black ink on off-white laid paper.




John Hamilton Mortimer
English, 1740-1779

About this artwork

One of many works produced late in John Mortimer’s career as designs for prints executed by his apprentice, Robert Blyth, this drawing reflects Mortimer’s interest in picturesque scenes of bandits, pirates, and smugglers. Blyth’s etching faithfully includes the vague or unfinished elements in the periphery of the this drawing, including the house at the right margin and the seemingly allegorical female figure on the left. As a natural outcome of translating a drawn invention onto a printing matrix, the etching reverses the direction of this drawing.


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John Hamilton Mortimer




England (Artist's nationality:)

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Pen and black ink on off-white laid paper


36.8 × 41.9 cm (14 1/2 × 16 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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