Eastern Patriarch, from the first issue of Specimens of Polyautography

A work made of lithograph in black on cream wove paper, tipped onto mount with aquatint border in gray on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on cream wove paper, tipped onto mount with aquatint border in gray on cream wove paper.

Date:

1803

Artist:

James Barry (Irish, 1741-1806)
published by Philipp André (German, active London, 1800–1805)
and James Heath (British, 1757–1834)

About this artwork

Despite its title Eastern Patriarch, Barry’s lithograph directly copies the head of King Lear from his painting King Lear Weeping Over the Body of Cordelia (1786–88), as well as an earlier print of the same subject. Barry’s image of Lear calls to mind the king’s words from Shakespeare’s play: “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! … Singe my white head!”

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Artist

James Barry

Title

Eastern Patriarch, from the first issue of Specimens of Polyautography

Origin

Ireland

Date

1803

Medium

Lithograph in black on cream wove paper, tipped onto mount with aquatint border in gray on cream wove paper

Dimensions

230 x 317 mm (image/primary support); 375 x 489 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2015.217.2

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