Medium: Antique Copper Engraving: Print Artist: Dr. Robert John Thornton From: The British Flora, 1812 Publisher: London (printed for the ...
moreMedium: Antique Copper Engraving: Print Artist: Dr. Robert John Thornton From: The British Flora, 1812 Publisher: London (printed for the Author by J. Whiting) Size: 12 1/2 x 17 3/4 Description: Antique print; pristine copper engraving Photographed on a black background. Printed the same year America declared war on Great Britain.
Dr. Robert Thornton (1768-1837) was an English physician and botanical writer. Thornton’s great work, The Temple of Flora, is the most famous English botanical plate book. The best English artists of the day (including Philip Reinagle, Sydenham Edwards and Peter Henderson among others) were engaged to paint the flowers with their stage set like backgrounds. Thornton himself arranged the compositions with exotic international settings showing the origins of best loved English garden flowers.
Steel Engraving is a technique for printing illustrations based on steel, rather than copper. It is the practice of incising a design onto steel by cutting grooves into it. An impression is created on the steel plate, which is then filled with opaque ink. When paper is pressed into the plate, it creates raised and colored areas. It has been rarely used in artistic printmaking, although it was often used for reproductions in the 19th century. The most reliable way of distinguishing between unfaced copper engraving and steel or steel-faced engraving is the “lightness and delicacy of the pale lines” in the latter. less
12.5ʺW × 0.1ʺD × 17.75ʺH
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