Jealous Monster. 1778.
John Hamilton Mortimer
* 1740 in Eastbourne † 1779 in London
Etching. Size of sheet: 31.4 x 21.6 cm.
Literature: Sunderland 140.14.
Stephen Calloway, English Prints for the Collector, 1980, London, p.68, ill.
Fine impression with large margins.
Designed, etched and published by the artist on December 8, 1778. One of the most illustrated images from Fifteen Etchings Dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds.
'Mortimer's mythological and allegorical designs in his personal version of the sublime manner constitute an intriguing episode in the development of eighteenth-century taste. Based in part on the more bizarre elements of Italian Mannerist painting, especially that of the School of Bologna, they also contain a strong element of exaggeration and even caricature. It has been observed that Mortimer's style, with its dynamic linear quality and its blend of passion and grotesque humour, greatly influenced the development of English caricature artists such as Gillray.' (S. Calloway).