John Hamilton Mortimer III. The Hero Rescues the Prisoners exhibited 1775

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III. The Hero Rescues the Prisoners
Date Exhibited 1775
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 762 x 635 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1948
Not on display

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One of four scenes from the life of a hero, in which Mortimer displays his distinguished technique as well as an enthusiasm for the wild banditti-infested landscapes of the seventeenth-century Italian artist, Salvator Rosa. These qualities make him a key figure in the development of Romanticism in England. The series of four pictures was shown at the Society of Artists (a precursor of the Royal Academy) in 1775.

August 2004

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