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Creator:
Print made by John Bell, 1811–1895, British
Title:
Sketch from a Statue of a Dreamer
Date:
between 1838 and 1850
Medium:
Etching on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper with cream chine collé
Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 7/8 x 15 3/16 inches (27.6 x 38.5 cm) and Plate: 6 x 7 1/2 inches (15.2 x 19.1 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in graphite on back, lower center: "Design, Poetry + etching by John Bell" (The D is copied over with brown ink)

Lettered, etched in black ink, upper leftT: "SKETCH FROM A STATUE | OF A DREAMER | JOHN BELL | ETCH : CLUB"; upper right: "DREAMS HER TRESSES LIGHT ARE WREATHING | FORMS BEFORE HER EYES ARE WEAVING | LIGHT UPON THE YOUNG AND GENTLE | LIES THE WOOL OF MORPHEUS' MANTLE | ALL WITH STRANGE DEVICES WOVEN | AERY SHADOWS FANCY-MOVEN"; lower left: "AS EVE THE PETALS DOSING | OF THE LILY OF THE WATER | WITH HER PEARLY EYELIDS CLOSING | SLEEPING IS THIS GENTLE DAUGHTER | HEAVES HER BOSOM WITH THE MOTION | OF A SUMMER SLEEPING OCEAN | SLEEPS HER HEAD UPON HER PILLOW | AS THE MOONLIGHT ON THE BILLOW"; lower right: "HOW VARYING AND EVANESCENT | OER HER CHEEK THE COLOUR FLIETH | THOUGHT HOW WONDROUS HOW INCESSANT | EEN WHEN SLEEP UPON US LIETH | LIKE WIND UPON THE SUMMER GRASS | OR CLOUD-SHADOWS AS THEY PASS | DREAMINGS OER HER FANCY QUIVER | IN SUCCESSION SWEET AND EVER"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1991.16.7
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
butterflies | cloth | clouds | copy | dreams | figure study | flowers (plants) | hair | nude | pillow, throw | poem | sculpture | statue | wind | woman
Access:
Accessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:3174
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