Luke Clennell’s Dance Of Death
More than ten years have passed since my father died at this time of year, yet thoughts of mortality enter my mind as the nights begin to draw in and I face the spiritual challenge of another long dark winter ahead. So Luke Clennell’s splendid DANCE OF DEATH engravings inspired by Hans Holbein suit my mordant sensibility at this season.
First published in 1825 as the work of ‘Mr Bewick’, they have only recently been identified for me as the work of Thomas Bewick’s apprentice Luke Clennell by historian Dr Ruth Richardson.
In recent weeks, I have presented his Cries of London and London Melodies in these pages, ascribed to their creator for the first time, and I am delighted to draw attention to the inspired work of this unjustly neglected artist whose engravings I am including in my CRIES OF LONDON published in November.
The Mendicant Friar
The Councillor or Magistrate
The Swiss Soldier
The Charioteer or Waggoner
The Newly Married Pair
The Old Man
The Old Woman
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