Scene of Witches, 1785, illustration for Ben Johnson’s, The Masque of Queens. Oil on canvas by Henry Fuseli, Swiss, 1741-1825. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut. USA.
Chaos, 1875-82, detail, oil on canvas by George Frederick Watts and assistants, British. Tate Britain.
Watts presents a formless state prior to creation of the universe and the path of evolution at the center. To the left is primeval confusion represented by giants struggling to release themselves from fire and vapor. To the right is measurable time and space represented by a chain of female figures.
Watts, 1817-1904, was a British Victorian painter and sculptor of the Symbolist movement.
Fugitive Protestant Family After the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 1870, by Edouard Hammon, Belgian, 1819-1888. Saint-Vaast-la Hougue, Maritime Museum, Island Tatihou, France.
The Edict of Nantes had given the protestants in France freedoms not enjoyed before. After the revocation of the act, many protestant families fled the country for religious freedom. The storm tossed sea represents the peril they believed they were in.
Hamman was an illustrator and painter of genre, portraits and history.
Horseman of the Apocalypse, oil on canvas, by Ulpiano Checa, Spanish, 1860-1916. Private Collection.
Checa was a sculptor, designer and illustrator who used impressionistic and academic styles. Many of his scenes were historic.
La Mort sur un cheval pâle (Death on a Pale Horse) , oil on panel by Edouard Ravel de Malval, French, 1847-1920.
Prison Scene, 1800, illustration in brown ink heightened with white on paper by Maria Cosway, 1760-1838, Italian-British descent for Mary Robinson’s poem, The Wintry Day. New York Public Library.
This particular scene comes from a line in the poem describing the fate of the sad and poor suffering in prison.
Cosway’s work is held by the British Museum, New York Public Library and British Library. Exhibits of her illustrations and paintings were at the National Portrait Gallery in 1995-95 and at Tate Britain in 2006.
Disillusion, 1851, oil on canvas by Edouard Hamman, Belgian, 1819-1888. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Is it the end of the day with darkness approaching or is it the sunrise of a new, and perhaps better, day?
Hamman was influenced by Louis Gallait and was an illustrator, as well as a painter of history, genre and portraits. He also painted scenes from the lives of well known people such as Dante, Mozart and Shakespeare.
The Red Death, etching, by Marcel Roux, French, 1878-1922.
Mostly self-taught, Roux was fond of symbolism as in his scene of the plague. This work is in the Musée Marcel Roux in Rhône, France, where Roux was born.