Friday, 6 December 2019
Alexander Runciman's etching, “Agrippina with the Ashes of Germanicus", c.1774.
Alexander Runciman (1736–1785)
“Agrippina with the Ashes of Germanicus", c.1774.
Etching on fine laid paper trimmed along the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 13.4 x 10.6 cm.
Inscribed on plate: (lower edge) "ARunciman [“AR” in monogram] […] [“ïnv 74”? illegible text].
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Death of Germanicus: Agrippina the Elder sitting on a stool in profile to left, holding an urn on her lap which is lettered with his name; a servant standing on the left, weeping by covering her eyes with her hand, Gaius beside her looking up to Agrippina.”
Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression, trimmed along the platemark in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, losses, abrasions, stains or foxing) laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.
I am selling this fascinating composition—like many of Runciman’s designs—referencing classical Roman bas-reliefs appropriate to the portrayed subject of Agrippina the Elder (c.14 BC–AD 33)—regarded by the Romans of the time as a woman of impeccable character after starving herself to death following torture (a beating so severe that she was blinded) for promulgating the idea that her husband was murdered—holding the urn of her husband’s ashes, for a total cost of AU$330 (currently US$225.76/EUR204.02/GBP171.95 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).
If you are interested in purchasing this freely executed and graphically strong etching, please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold