Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 1
|Size:||228 x 153 mm|
|No. of States:||4|
|Catalogues:||K.170; M.167; W.139|
|Impressions taken from this plate (6)|
Irving as Philip of Spain may have been started in late 1876. It is closely related to the oil portrait Arrangement in Black, No. 3: Sir Henry Irving as Philip II of Spain [y187] started in 1876. The drypoint is first mentioned in early 1877. On 28 January 1877 Alan Summerly Cole (1846-1934) wrote in his diary, 'Round to see J. who had begun an etching of Irving'. 1 It was actually a drypoint, not an etching.
1: GUW #03432.
Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932) commented: 'It is impossible to say which of the two plates of Philip was etched first. Neither of them was completed, but this one is given priority, as it is a little more rigid than the other and less successful as a portrait.' 2 The 'other' is Irving as Philip of Spain, No. 2 .
2: Kennedy 1910 (cat. no. 170).