Artist John Hamilton Mortimer, English, 1741-1779
  • Nature, Leaning on the Sarcophagus of Shakespeare, Crowns Genius
Date 1773
Medium pen and brown ink on buff antique laid paper
Dimensions Sheet: 9 × 8 inches (22.9 × 20.3 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dr. Frederick J. Cummings
Accession Number F1983.243
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Inscriptions Inscribed, in pen and brown ink, verso: Nature leaning on the Sarcophagas [sic] of Shakespeare, | crowns Genius with Laurel, for guarding her most | Exquisite Fruits (plac'd on an Altar, decocarated [sic] with The = | atrical Emblems) from the Rapaciousnes of the Harpies of | Envy, &; &. -- | Frontispiece to Lloyds Epistle to Dd. Garrick Esq. | done by J. Mortimer Esq. | S [?]. Shelley | Feb.y 12.73
Inscribed, in pencil, verso, lower left: Pu
Inscribed, in pencil, verso, along lower left edge: 60 [in partial circle]
Inscribed, in pencil, verso, lower right: B3. | 497 | 50 - 18 = 1
Inscribed, in pencil, on mat, lower right: John Hamilton Mortimer| coll. Leonard Baskin--
by 1923, Randall Davies (London, England).
H. C. Green.
Alister Mathews (Bournemouth, England).
by 1968, Mr. and Mrs. Leornard Baskin (Northampton, Massachusetts, USA).
1973, Dr. Frederick J. Cummings (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1983-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Davies, Randall. Chats on Old English Drawings. London, 1923, p. 209 (as by J.H. Mortimer).

Italian, French, English, and Spanish Drawings and Watercolors: Sixteenth Through Eighteenth Centuries. New York, 1992, pp. 342-343, no. A97.

Nicolson, Benedict. John Hamilton Mortimer ARA, 1740-1779: Paintings, Drawings and Prints Exh. cat., Towner Art Gallery. Eastbourne and London, 1968, no. 83, p. 44 (as Frontispiece to Evan Lloyd's Epistle to David Garrick by John Hamilton Mortimer).

Sunderland, John. "John Hamilton Mortimer, His Life and Works." The Walpole Society 52 (1986): no. 73a, p. 152 (fig. 150) (as copy by an unknown artist after Mortimer's etched Frontispiece to Evan Lloyd's 'Epistle to David Garrick').