J.G. S. Lucas is a minor artist who worked in a Martinesque style, creating his own derivative compositions. He appears to have been particularly inspired by Martin’s panoramas illustrating the spectacular convulsions of nature, as seen in this portrayal of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The dramatic sky was vigorously scratched in with a drypoint needle after the engraver had completed the carefully detailed architecture.
mezzotint with etching and drypoint
21.3 x 29.9 cm image; 26.2 x 32.8 cm platemark; 33.9 x 43.7 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Parramore Purchase Fund 2009
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009