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Charles Holroyd R.E.
Potternewton, Leeds 1861 1917 Weybridge

Five of the six etchings of the Icarus Series
The Flight of Icarus

Charles Holroyd, Flight of Icarus. Original etching, 1901-02.

The Flight of Icarus
Second plate
Dodgson 157 (Holroyd Opus 162 or 90 A)
203 x 148 mm
Original etching, 1901-02.
Signed in pencil.
Printed in brown ink on tissue-thin japan.

For this, and the six other associated etchings: 1000

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Additional Information about the Print

Exhibited at the R.E. 1902.

The Icarus Series

Daedalus, father of Icarus, designed and built the Labyrinth on Crete, for King Minos to incarcerate the minotaur. Later, to ensure secrecy, Minos imprisoned Daedalus in a tower, where he made two sets of wings, for himself and Icarus, to escape.

Though Daedalus succeeded in escaping, Icarus flew too near to the sun, and the wax, holding together the feathers of his wings, melted and he fell into the sea.

Holroyd worked on the series of Icarus etchings from 1891 to 1902.

Exhibited here are five of the six etchings of the Icarus Series. Lacking is the first of the series - Daedalus (Dodgson 86) in which Daedalus sits high in the tower, pondering a pair of wings. The labyrinth is visible in the distant landscape.

In this print, Daedalus with large wings, sits under a tree watching his son flying off.

Prints from the Icarus Series in this exhibition are:


Provenance: by descent from the artist to his widow Lady Holroyd; to their son Michael; to Michael’s godson.