Alexander Runciman
Fingal Encounters Carbon Carglass (upright version) first printed c.1773

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Alexander Runciman 1736–1785
Fingal Encounters Carbon Carglass (upright version)
Date First printed c.1773
Medium Etching on paper
Dimensions Image: 145 x 106 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1983
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Runciman and his brother John were among the most original of the artists who gathered in Rome in the 1770s, and Alexander's output of etchings marks an important departure in the history of the medium. His wild, strongly lit subjects from Scottish or Greek myth share something of Fuseli's urgent drama, and are executed with a spontaneous energy of their own. Like Ryley's small oil painting in this room, this etching takes its subject from Ossian, who was the son of Fingal.

August 2004

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