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The Intaglio Printers

Artist:
Abraham Bosse (French, Tours 1602/1604–1676 Paris)
Date:
1642
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
Sheet (trimmed): 10 1/16 × 12 11/16 in. (25.5 × 32.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
Accession Number:
51.501.2265
Not on view
In this print, Bosse demonstrates the final steps involved in printing an intaglio plate—in other words, an etching or an engraving. In the background, a man inks the copper plate using a dabber, while in the foreground another assistant wipes the plate with the palm of his hand. In the text below, Bosse writes that the ink is made of burned nut oil and wine dregs, the best quality of which, he notes, comes from Germany. Once inked and wiped, the plate is then placed on the press, covered with a damp sheet of paper and a protective blanket, and run under the roller at great pressure. The effort involved in turning the wheel of the press is apparent.
Les imprimeurs en taille-douce

Inscription: Lettered in plate, below image: Cette figure vous montre comme on imprime les planches de taille douce, / Lancre en est faite...entre deux rouleaux / faict a leauforte par ABosse a Paris en Lislle du palais Ian 1642, avec privilege
Gustav Mayer; Princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz and Vienna; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," September 19, 2011–January 8, 2012.

BN I.527.1388; Duplessis 161.1388
Georges Duplessis Catalogue de l'oeuvre de Abraham Bosse. Paris, 1859, cat. no. 1388, p. 161.

IFF Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Départment des Estampes. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, 1930-, cat. no. 1388, p. 527.

Sophie Join-Lambert, Maxime Préaud Abraham Bosse: Savant graveur. Exh. cat., Bibliothèque nationale de France; Tours: Musée des beaux-arts. 2004, cat. no. 204, p. 226, ill.



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