John Furnival, (b. 1933)
Blind Date, 1979, text by Thomas Meyer
10 etchings with embossing
Circle Press Studio
Gift of Mr. Stan Babbit, 1989.12.6
Furnival is best known for his pen drawings, with subjects ranging from subtle landscapes to fantastical creatures. By the early 1980s, Furnival’s work became increasingly geometric, with a proclivity for elaborate mazes and winding borders. Blind-embossing surrounds each unbound page of Blind Date, which illustrates the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, and Hercules and Omphale. Many of the images show mythical characters in relaxed postures, offering simpler insight into their narratives than how they are typically portrayed.