The Argonautics of Apollonius Rhodius, in Four Books
De Beer Eb 1780 A
London: Printed for J. Dodsley
There can be no doubt that the image to the left of the title page of this volume of Apollonius’s Argonautics is a frontispiece – it is labelled as such. The scene most probably depicts Jason leaving Queen Hypsipyle and the island of Lemnos. The engraving from the artwork of one ‘W. Hamilton’ is by Charles Grignion (1721-1810). After training in Paris and London, Grignion embarked upon a career as an historical artist and engraver. His early style is characterised as ‘energetic’, ‘elegant’, ‘bold’ and original’; the ODNB describes him as having a ‘light draughtsmanlike style in the French tradition’. Engraving well into his 80s, Grignion’s style suffered with old age and he died in poverty. Despite this, he is thought to be the ‘Father and Founder of the English School of Engraving’.
Francis Fawkes, “The Argonautics of Apollonius Rhodius, in Four Books,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed May 19, 2022, https://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/10679.
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