John Hamilton Mortimer

III. The Hero Rescues the Prisoners

exhibited 1775

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 762 x 635 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1948
Reference
N05839

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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