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Harry Morley

1881 - 1943

Hylas and the Nymphs by Harry Morley

Hylas and the Nymphs   1929

  Original line engraving.
Signed in pencil.
S 283 x 231 mm; P & I 175 x 125 mm
Excellent impression, with crisp, clear line. From the only edition of 60 signed proofs.

The most accomplished of Harry Morley’s early line engravings Hylas and the Nymphs is based upon an earlier painting which the artist had made of the same subject. The image shows Hylas, the handsome Greek youth beloved by Hercules, being overpowered by the water nymphs of the pool to which he has come to fill his pitchers. The nymphs are said to have fallen in love with his beauty and are shown dragging the resisting youth down to their watery home. This engraving was both reviewed and illustrated in Fine Prints of the Year for 1929.

Provenance: Collection of Neil Green; with his collector’s stamp at lower corner of sheet.

On cream wove paper, with full margins and deckle edge. Generally very fine original condition.