"On the uppermost bannister of a great staircase I saw a gigantic hand in armor" [art original] / D.E. Cronin 1885.
Cronin, David Edward, 1839-1925, artist.
1 drawing : watercolor on wove paper ; image 25.5 x 17.8 cm, on sheet 38.5 x 27.4 cm
Borden Sale, American Art Gallery, 17-19 February 1913, lot 812. Rains Galleries, New York, NY, 27 November 1935 (W.D. Breaker sale), lot 688, bought in by Breaker. Purchased from William D. Breaker (through G.A. Baker) by W.S. Lewis, 1939. Bound as page 195 in volume 4 of M.C.D. Borden's extensively extra-illustrated copy of: Horace Walpole and his world : select passages from his letters / edited by L. B. Seeley ... London : Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1884. Page reference for quotation written below title: Page 93. Place of production inferred from artist's city of residence during this time period. Signed and dated by the artist in lower left corner of image. Title written below image.
Depiction of the dream of Horace Walpole that inspired him to write The castle of Otranto. The fantastic scene involves a large armored hand perched atop an enormous staircase ascending four levels within a Gothic castle. Two suits of armor stand guard at the junctions of the staircase with each level, and two more are present in the foreground, suggesting that the staircase continues downward. Arched windows and a painting of a mounted knight are seen on the wall to the left of the staircase; a bat is seen flying above.
Armor. Hands. Interiors. Stairways.
Borden, Matthew C. D.--(Matthew Chaloner Durfee),--1842-1912--Ownership. Brecker, William D.--Ownership. Walpole, Horace,--1717-1797.--Castle of Otranto.
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