C1843

The Kraken Supposed a Sepia or Cuttlefish (from Denys Montford)

Artist:

James Hope Stewart (1789 - 1856)

Small engraving of a giant Cuttlefish attacking a galleon. First proposed to exist by Pierre Denys de Montfort (1766–1820) a French naturalist who researched the existence of the gigantic octopuses.  Erik Pontoppidan (1688-1764) a Danish author, bishop and antiquary who n … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Kraken Supposed a Sepia or Cuttlefish (from Denys Montford)

Date:

C1843

Artist:

James Hope Stewart (1789 - 1856)

Engraver:

William Home Lizars 
(1788 – 
1859)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

145mm 
x 90mm

Paper Size: 

166mm 
x 103mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Kraken Supposed a Sepia or Cuttlefish (from Denys Montford) - Antique Print from 1843

Genuine antique
dated:

1843

Description:

Small engraving of a giant Cuttlefish attacking a galleon.

First proposed to exist by Pierre Denys de Montfort (1766–1820) a French naturalist who researched the existence of the gigantic octopuses. 

Erik Pontoppidan (1688-1764) a Danish author, bishop and antiquary who n wrote on the Natural History of Norway, which was first published in Danish in 1752 he noted the existence of sea serpents and monsters. He also believed in the Kraken which he regarded as the largest creature in the ocean. 

Biography:

James Hope Stewart (1789-1856)

Stewart, was a factor from Gillenbie, Dumfriesshire, who emerged from obscurity in 1833 to produce over 545 of the 1,351 different illustrations for Sir William Jardine’s Naturalists Library and then quietly returned to farming in 1843. 

William Home Lizars (1788–1859)

Lizars was born at Edinburgh in 1788. He was an artist and engraver, the son of Daniel Lizars, and brother of the surgeon John Lizars.

His sister Jean (Jane) Home married Sir William Jardine.His father was a publisher and an engraver and Lizars was apprenticed to his father. He furthered his studies at the Trustees’ Academy, Edinburgh. Lizars took over his fathers business on his death. Lizars met J. J. Audubon in Edinburgh in October 1826  and agreed to publish Audubo Lizars perfected a method of etching which performed the functions of wood-engraving, for illustration of books. He died in Edinburgh on 30 March 1859, leaving a widow and family. Lizars took an active part in the foundation of the Royal Scottish Academy.

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