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

Five of the six etchings of the Icarus Series

Charles Holroyd, Icarus. Original etching, 1894-95.

Dodgson 89 (Holroyd Opus 91)
228 x 176 mm
Original etching, 1894-95.
Signed in pencil.
Printed in black ink on cream laid paper watermarked O.W.P&A.C.L.

For this, and the six other associated etchings: 1000

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Additional Information about the Print

Exhibited at the R.E. 1895, and again in 1898 (with four others from the Icarus series) at the first exhibition of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.

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, Icarus flies too close to the sun.

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.