Etruscan Vase Art: The Englefield Collection through Moses's Mastery

An Artistic Tribute to Etruscan Legacy

In my esteemed collection, the series of 18 framed attic vase engravings by Henry Moses, drawn from the collection of Sir Henry Englefield, Bart., and dated 1848, holds a place of distinction. These engravings, a meticulous representation of ancient Etruscan vases, serve as a bridge to the past, bringing the myths and social customs of ancient Greece into the present with unmatched elegance and detail. Moses’s work, celebrated for its precision and beauty, captures the essence of these historical artifacts with a clarity that is both educational and visually stunning. The Royal Academy of Arts has rightly noted the matchless beauty of Englefield’s vases and the excellence of Moses’s engravings, a sentiment with which I wholeheartedly concur.

Craftsmanship and Historical Significance

The significance of these engravings extends beyond their aesthetic appeal; they are a testament to the scholarly pursuits of Sir Henry Englefield, who was appointed Antiquary to the Royal Academy in 1820. Englefield’s passion for antiquity and his dedication to the study of ancient artifacts are vividly reflected in these works, making them not just art pieces but also historical documents. The fine white paper, strong plate marks, and the almost magical sheen of the vases depicted, underscore the craftsmanship involved in the creation of these engravings. They embody the grace and beauty of the ancient world, rendered with a fidelity that is as remarkable today as it was in the 19th century.

A Collection of Timeless Elegance

Owning these engravings is akin to possessing a piece of history, with each print offering a window into the world of ancient Greece through the lens of Etruscan vase art. The dimensions of each frame, along with the sight and sheet sizes, have been thoughtfully chosen to enhance the visual impact of Moses’s work, ensuring that each engraving is displayed to its best advantage. Whether viewed individually or as part of a set, these engravings invite admiration and contemplation, serving as a constant source of inspiration and wonder for those who appreciate the enduring beauty of classical art.

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Henry Moses | Attic Vase Engravings | Sir Henry Englefield, Bart

Stock Number: 73963

18 framed attic vase engravings by Henry Moses, from the collection of Sir Henry Englefield, Bart., 1848. Depicting ancient Etruscan vases with Greek myths and social customs. Celebrated for their precision and beauty, noted by the Royal Academy of Arts. Printed on fine white paper with strong plate marks, showcasing a sheen that enhances the depicted vases’ beauty.
Frame Size: 400x350mm, Sight Size: 200x160mm, Sheet Size: 270x180mm.


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