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Ino and Bacchus.
Great Britain, early 1850s?
Physical Description:
1 photograph : daguerreotype ; visible image 7 x 9 cm (quarter plate format), in case 9.5 x 12.0 x 2 cm (closed)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Cased Photographs A3
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
The work depicted is John Henry Foley's Ino and Bacchus, a group sculpture carved in marble. The original sculpture was exhibited at the Great Exhibition, in 1851, and at the International Exhibition, 1862 (both in London). The sculpture was reproduced as a stipple engraving in the January 1, 1849, issue of The Art Journal, opposite page 30. That engraving is captioned: "Ino and Bacchus. The drawing by F.R. Roffe. The engraving by W. Roffe. From the group in marble by J.H. Foley." The present daguerreotype appears to be a reproduction of that engraving, image reversed, rather than a reproduction of the original sculpture. The photographer is unidentified.
The composition depicts the reclining goddess Ino, holding a small bunch of grapes in a raised hand. The infant Bacchus (Dionysus), lying on his back, reaches both arms towards the grapes.
The daguerreotype appears behind an oval-shaped gilt-metal mount, in a leather folding case. The interior panel opposite the photograph is lined in green velvet. The exterior of the case is blind-embossed and gilt-tooled; with original brass clasps.
Subject Terms:
Dionysus (Greek deity)
Ino (Greek diety)
Photography of art.
Photography of sculpture.
Sculpture, British.
Cased photographs.
reproduction of: Foley, John Henry, 1818-1874. Ino and Bacchus.
Roffe, F. R., illustrator.
Roffe, William, active 1820-1890, engraver.

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