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An image of The vampire by Charles Meryon
Alternate image of The vampire by Charles Meryon

Charles Meryon

(France 1821 – 1868)

Title
The vampire
Alternative title:
Le stryge
Year
1853
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching
Edition
iv of 8 states
Dimensions

17.0 x 12.8 cm platemark; 29.4 x 21.3 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., [incised plate, date printed in reverse] "C.Meryon ... / IIILCCDM". Signed l.l. and l.r., [incised plate] "C.M.".
Credit
Purchased 1940
Accession number
7009
Location
Not on display
Further information

The etching shows one of the stone gargoyles projecting from a tower of Notre-Dame Cathedral. A flock of ravens circle in the air. The image was almost certainly inspired by Victor Hugo’s evocation of the medieval city in ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’ (1831), in which the writer describes a bird’s eye view from the cathedral towers. Meryon’s inscription at the base of the print proclaims:
‘The insatiable vampire, eternal lust
Forever coveting its food in the great city’.

Bibliography (6)

Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 11. no catalogue numbers

Geoffrey Holme (Editor), The etchings of Charles Meryon, London, 1921, 10, (illus.). plate no. 6

Renée Porter, Meryon, Bracquemond & the 19th Century Etching Renaissance, Sydney, 1998, (illus.). no catalogue numbers

Malcolm C Salaman, The Master: Charles Meryon, London, 1927, 2, 4, (illus.). plate no.1

Richard Schneiderman, The catalogue raisonné of the prints of Charles Meryon, London, 1990, 56, 57 (illus.), 58 (illus.), 59 (illus.), 60 (illus.). cat.no. 20. Illustration on pg. 34 is the first state; illustration on pg. 35 is the fourth state; illustration on pg. 36 is the sixth state; illustration on pg. 37 is the seventh state.

Hugh Stokes (Editor), The master etchers: Charles Meryon, London, (illus.). plate no. 13

Exhibition history (3)

The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980

Meryon, Bracquemond & the 19th Century etching Renaissance, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jun 1998–02 Aug 1998

Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009