Old English Mezzotints “The Studio”
Mezzotint is a printmaking process of the intaglio family, technically a drypoint method. It was the first tonal method to be used, enabling half-tones to be produced without using line- or dot-based techniques like hatching, cross-hatching or stipple. Mezzotint achieves tonality by roughening the plate with thousands of little dots made by a metal tool with small teeth, called a "rocker." In printing, the tiny pits in the plate hold the ink when the face of the plate is wiped clean. A high level of quality and richness in the print can be achieved.
British mezzotint collecting was a great craze from about 1760 to the Great Crash of 1929, also spreading to America. The main area of collecting was British portraits; oil paintings from the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition were routinely, and profitably, reproduced in mezzotint throughout this period, and other mezzotinters reproduced older portraits of historical figures.
- Publisher The Studio Ltd., London; 1910
- Paperback, xii, 43, CXXVIII pp
- With 128 superb b/w plates
- Size 290 x 205mm, 1.6kg
Condition: Good – Slight Loss To Top and Bottom Of Spine and Front Cover, All Plates Present and Very Clean.
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