Imps . Detailed description below.

A depiction, in three rows, of some 20 fanciful designs for spritely demons, ranging from the buxom to the bizarre, probably meant to mock the contemporary early-Romantic interest in ‘fairy painting’ by such artists as Henry Fuseli (1774-1825) and William Blake (1757-1827), especially their well-known interpretations of Shakespeares A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fuseli’s highly sexualized depictions of nightmares.

  • Printmaker: Newton, Richard, 1777-1798, printmaker, artist.
  • Title: Imps [graphic] / invented, drawn & etchd. by Rd. Newton.
  • Publication: London : Pub. by W. Holland, No. 50 Oxford Street, Novemr. 25, 1796.

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Acquired December 2018

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