Bathsheba, from A Collection of Prints in Imitation of Drawings

A work made of stipple engraving in sanguine on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of stipple engraving in sanguine on cream laid paper.

Date:

1764, published 1778

Artist:

William Wynne Ryland (British, 1732-1783)
after François Boucher (French, 1703-1770)
published by John Boydell (British, 1719-1804), Benjamin White (British, c. 1725-1794), and Pietro Molini (Italian, c. 1729-1806)

About this artwork

Publisher John Boydell sought to elevate the stature of British connoisseurship of art and to rival France in the production and trade of prints. This print by William Wynne Ryland is a copy of a drawing by François Boucher, now in the British Museum, that was once owned by well-known collector William Esdaile.
Ryland’s studies of crayon-manner engraving in Paris inspired him to develop a simplified version he called stipple engraving, in which a series of dots are punched into a metal plate with a sharp needle tool. Although stipple engraving did not catch on at this time, it gained popularity in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as a means to reproduce the varying tonalities of paintings.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Wynne Ryland

Title

Bathsheba, from A Collection of Prints in Imitation of Drawings

Origin

England

Date

1764

Medium

Stipple engraving in sanguine on cream laid paper

Dimensions

460 × 305 mm (plate); 551 × 363 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Isaac K. Friedman

Reference Number

1932.1457

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