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

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

Charles Holroyd, Original etching, 1890-01.

The Death of Icarus
Dodgson 38 iii/v and v/v (Holroyd Opus 38 and Opus 92)
200 x 251 mm
Original etching, 1890-01.
Third state.
Signed in ink (one of only three impressions known).

Together with an impression in the 5th (final ) state, 1904-05, the plate much reworked with extra shading.

Charles Holroyd, Original etching, 1890-01.

For this, and the six other associated etchings: 1000

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Exhibited at the R.E.

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 is seen drowning in stormy water.

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.