Charles Grignion the Elder (1721–1810) - 18th Century Engraving, The Viper
DescriptionAn incredibly crisp and well preserved 18thC engraving documenting the Bible story of Paul in Acts 28. Like the famous hero Philoctetes, Paul is bitten by a poisonous snake on a secluded island. Philoctetes suffers extreme agony after his snakebite; Paul does not register any pain at all. Philoctetes issues horrible cries illustrating the depths of his suffering; Paul does not let out a whimper. Philoctetes begs to be burned with fire; Paul casually shakes off his viper into a fire. Philoctetes must be healed by doctors; Paul himself, after being bitten, becomes a healer. The engraving is completed with botanical ornamentation and an inscription with a dedication to the Dean Of Lincoln. On laid.
The engraving is in remarkable condition given its age, with no discolouration and only a few spots of dirt to the lower left corner.
24.3 x 15.7cm (9.6" x 6.2")
Charles Grignion the Elder (1721–1810) was a British engraver and draughtsman.
Grignion was born in London to Huguenot refugees. He was a prolific historical engraver and book illustrator.
He studied in London at Hubert-François Gravelot's school in Covent Garden. He also engraved the earliest record of a cricket match, published in the General Advertiser in 1748.
In 1754, his nephew Charles Grignion the Younger was born. His nephew, in turn, became a history and portrait painter.
|Artist||Charles Grignion the Elder (1721–1810)|
|Dimensions||24.3 x 15.7cm|
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