The Calydonian Boar Hunt, from the Houghton Gallery

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

Date:

1781

Artist:

Richard Earlom (British, 1743-1822)
after Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640)

About this artwork

Richard Earlom engraved several reproductive prints of paintings for an album celebrating Sir Robert Walpole’s art collection. As this dark, velvety proof impression demonstrates, Earlom’s self-taught mezzotint skills were particularly suited to translating the painterly qualities of Peter Paul Rubens’s art. Philip IV of Spain commissioned the mythological hunting scene on which this work is based as part of a series made by Rubens in 1639. The original painting was lost in 1734, while Walpole’s canvas, a copy in reverse, later entered the collection of Catherine the Great.

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Artist

Richard Earlom

Title

The Calydonian Boar Hunt, from the Houghton Gallery

Origin

England

Date

1781

Medium

Mezzotint in black on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

468 × 856 mm (image); 505 × 856 mm (sheet, cut within plate mark)

Credit Line

Gift of Langdon Pearse

Reference Number

1951.376

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