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Print - Mrs Bonfoy
  • Mrs Bonfoy
    McArdell, James, born 1729 - died 1765
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Mrs Bonfoy

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1755 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McArdell, James, born 1729 - died 1765 (engraver)
    Reynolds, Joshua (Sir), born 1723 - died 1792 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint on India paper

  • Museum number:

    E.273-1905

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EM22A

The printing technique of mezzotint is particularly suited to reproducing the tones of a painting. The mezzotinter works a copper plate with a rocker (a serrated, chisel-like tool) until the surface is covered in an even burr (the curl of metal raised by the rocker). He or she then forms the design by smoothing the burr so that different areas of the plate will hold different quantities of ink and therefore print different tones. This mezzotint is after a painting by Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792).

Physical description

Mezzotint print on paper

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

1755 (printed)

Artist/maker

McArdell, James, born 1729 - died 1765 (engraver)
Reynolds, Joshua (Sir), born 1723 - died 1792 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint on India paper

Dimensions

Height: 37.2 cm cut to, Width: 27.5 cm cut to

Descriptive line

James McArdell (1729-1765) after Reynolds; Mrs Bonfoy; 1755; mezzotint

Subjects depicted

Costume

Categories

Prints; Clothing; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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