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Ismail et Mariam

Ismail and Mariam from Count Forbin's Travel in the Levant
Artist: Horace Vernet (1789 - 1863) Primary
Artist: Godefroy Engelmann (1788 - 1839) Printer
Date: 1819
19th century
Dimensions: 12.6 x 8.78 in. (32 x 22.3 cm)
Dimensions Extent: image
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, France
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James M. Reed, 2017.
Accession Number: 2017.35.898
This work is not currently on view

The Syrian Ismail mourns his Christian lover, Mariam, as she lies buried in a shallow grave in the desert. This tragic story appeared in Comte de Forbin's Voyage dans le Levant (Voyage in the Levant), a travel narrative that was accompanied by seventy-eight lithographs by various artists. For projects that required large numbers of illustrated plates, lithography was an attractive alternative to the more costly and time-consuming techniques of engraving and etching.

Beneath the image, the artist is identified at left and the printer at right.


Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield, Connecticut, The Artist Collects: Highlights from the James Reed Print Collection, March 14-June 8, 2019


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