Ancient World, Mythology, Nymphs in the ocean surf, Pierre Teyssonnieres
No title. - Nymphs in the ocean surf
Copper etching by artist Pierre Teyssonnieres (1834-?) after
Four naked nymphs playing in the surf (probably of the Atlantic, because Teyssonnieres lived in Bordeaux). On top of a cliff we see a bearded man gazing at the women. Behind him a just landing eagle.
There is a self portrait bottom left and a dry stamp bottom right of print. Signed in lower right corner:
P. Teyssonnieres sculp.
Date: Center above print in white margin: "Copyrighted 1894 by (illegible)
Original antique print
Printed on China paper and mounted on cardboard backing. Print itself very clean.
Background carton with age toning and other traces of age and use.
Print size: 35,5 x 20,6 cm (ca. 14 x 8.1")
Cardboard 48 x 33 cm (ca. 18.9 x 13")
Prometheus (Titan God of fire) was bound to a rock, and an eagle (the emblem of Zeus) was sent to eat his liver (in ancient Greece, the liver was often thought to be the seat of human emotions); Oceanids or Oceanides Ὠκεανίδες, romanized: Ōkeanídes, pl. of Ὠκεανίς, Ōkeanís) are nymphs, daughters of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys.