Plate 32 from Les Métamorphoses du Jour
"Satire showing a mole-headed man and a dog-headed boy, the former kneeling and holding a violin while his companion holds out a begging bowl as three smartly-dressed artists walk past them; the artists all sport mouse's heads and carry a picture frame, a violin case and a skull. . . ."
|Corneille Jean-Antoine Seghers|
The Hanged Man
(artist suicide in studio)
|after Wilbraham Frederick Evelyn Liardet|
Skeleton Modeler, Skeleton Painter, and Skeleton Models
"From a group of twelve prints reproducing those drawn on a wall between Turnham Green and Brentford, engaged in various activities. . . . A note made by Thomas Hardy seems likely to relate to these images: "Wonderful sketches on a wall, when the people get up one morning at Turnham Green (skeletons &c it seems . . .); done by a young man out of employ, at a very early hour, to divert his mind from dwelling on his wretched situation (& to prevent suicide)."
|attributed to Georg Pencz|
Mercury presiding over the Arts
(from series, The Seven Planets)
"The god riding a chariot drawn by two cocks, with the caduceus in his left hand; below various arts and sciences performed in an arcade and the street of a town; scenes including an organ player, two merchants doing accounts, a sculptor, a painter at his easel, astronomers, physicians, and a goldsmith."
Mannequin in the Studio
|Thomas Burke after Angelica Kauffmann|
Portrait of Angelica Kauffmann in the character of Design
listening to the Inspiration of Poetry
Berthe Morisot drawing with her daughter Julie Manet
Portrait of Charles Daubigny with brushes and palette
The private sitting room of painter Sir Thomas Lawrence
"Sir Thomas Lawrence in his sitting room decorated with casts of famous antiquities (Apollo Belvedere, Laocoön, Belvedere Torso), portrait heads of artist including John Flaxman (left of fireplace), Raphael and Michelangelo by Flaxman (either side of Laocoön) and drawings (one by Raphael beneath Laocoön and now at the Ashmolean Museum) and copies after heads in Leonardo's Last Supper on wall to right."
The Old Chelsea Studio
"This was the print Fridell was so proud of having sold to Campbell Dodgson in June 1927, presumably for the equivalent of sixty kroner, the price he quoted in a letter to Sweden at the time. The location was Fridell's studio at 44 Cheyne Walk, not far from Carlyle's house at no. 24."
Fable of Mercury and the Carver (in sculpture studio)
Painter contemplating portrait in the studio
etching (book-illustration for The Newcomes by Thackeray)
Daumier's stock-character Robert Macaire painting portrait of a horse
while its owner converses with Bertrand (another stock-character)
lithograph (for Le Charivari)
Daumier (seated) interrupted by effusive admirer while preparing a print
hand-colored lithograph (for Le Charivari)
View from the Press
"The view is from Arikha's etching press to the library beyond. Arikha was given this small press in 1970 by his friend, Emile Najar, who was then Israel's ambassador to Belgium. In the corner above the press can be glimpsed Samuel Beckett, with glasses on forehead, a framed ink drawing of 1967"
– quoted texts are from curator's notes at the British Museum