Catalogue entry

T03605 FINGAL ENCOUNTERS CARBON CARGLASS (upright version) first printed c. 1773

Etching 5 3/4 × 3 3/8 (145 × 106) on hand-made wove paper 6 × 4 7/8 (152 × 123)
Etched inscription ‘A Runciman [?inv]’ below subject and within plate lower left
Purchased (Grant-in-Aid) 1983
Prov: As for T03604

Lit: As for T03604

In this etching the figure of Carbon Carglass is virtually the same as in T03604, but reversed and placed on the left of the composition; Fingal approaches from behind her on the right, without his shield and with a less billowing cloak. In the Santa Barbara exhibition catalogue of 1969 (p.64, fig.g), a reproduction of a late pull from this plate, bound with nine other Runciman prints in a volume lent by Robert N. Essick, is entitled ‘Catholda’, which is probably a mistake; Gray describes ‘Catholda’ as ‘a nymph drawing a bow’, and it is anyway unlikely that Runciman would have used a virtually identical figure for two different Ossianic characters. Perhaps this image was designed before T03604, which is larger and considerably more dramatic.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986