Asher B. Durand (1796-1886)
Date: 1825
Engraver: Asher B. Durand (1796-1886)
Printer: Burton
Medium: Line engraving on steel, state II
Dimensions: 16 7/8 H x 12 W
Inscription: Printed in lower margin: Designed and Engraved by A.B. Durand, New York 1825 / Musidora / With timid eye around / The banks surveying, tripp'd her beauteous limbs / To taste the lucid coolness of the flood
Credit: Gift of Miss Jane E. Rosell
Accession Number: 1987.20.35
Comments: Asher B. Durand was the master among American line engravers. He produced most of his prints after the designs of other artists, but this composition was his own design. Musidora, representing the ideal of beauty, stands in a woodland glade about to step into a pond, stopped as though she heard an intruder. This engraving helped establish him as one of the country's top engravers and remains to this day one of the most important American fine-art prints of the early nineteenth century.