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HOMER BUST Antique Engraving 1814 Original British Museum Folio Bookplate 200yrs

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Seller: thepapermuseum (270) 98.7%, Location: Hove, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 182366293050 ANTIQUE BRITISH MUSEUM PUBLICATION ENGRAVING Circa 1814 Description of image as published: The drawings have all been made by Mr. Corbould with the utmost fidelity, and with that feeling for the excellence of the sculpture, and nice discrimination of the various styles of the several artists by whom they were executed, which have justly conferred the highest reputation upon that gentleman's representations of the finest specimens of antique art. PLATE XXV A terminal head of Homer it represents him in a very advanced age, with a mild, though sublime and dignified character. Several heads of Homer are to be found in different collections, but the most celebrated of them, with the exception of the present, which is perhaps superior to any other, is that in the Farnese palace. Each of these heads is in like manner crowned with a narrow diadem; and that they were both intended to represent the father of Greek poetry, may very fairly be inferred from the resemblance they bear to a terminus of Homer preserved at Naples, on which is inscribed the name of the poet, and three Greek inscriptions in honour of him. We frequently find the portrait of Homer on Greek coins. His head is represented on some of the medals of Amastris in aphlagonia, and on those of the island of Ios, in which latter place, he is said to have been buried. The figure of Homer is also exhibited in a sitting posture holding a volume in his hand, on some of the coins of Chios, Colophon, and Smyrna three of the towns which contended for the honour of having given him birth. It is well known, however, that the ancients were not in possession of any actual portrait of Homer, and that, as has been remarked although imaginary, these portraits were conceived with a just and perfect knowledge of his character, and with an appropriate grandeur of design indeed the most enthusiastic admirers of this poet could scarcely wish to see him represented otherwise than as we here behold him This valuable specimen of ancient art is executed in the very finest style, and is in high preservation a very small portion of the nose being the only part which is modern. It was found among some ruins on the site of the ancient city of Baie, in the year 1780. Height, 1 foot 10 inches. ********************************************* This engraving is over 200 years old! Condition: Very good. The paper has some signs of foxing and age toning commensurate to age. Some wear to edges. Please refer to my photos. Dimensions approx: 30.5cm X 24cm ( 12" X 9.5" ) The engraving will be shipped securely and fully insured. Please feel free to ask any questions.

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