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The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Painting in the Year 1771

A work made of mezzotint in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of mezzotint in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

published May 20, 1772

Artist:

Richard Earlom (British, 1743-1822)
after Michel Vincent Brandoin, called l’Anglais (Swiss, 1733-1790)

About this artwork

This monumental mezzotint was created by Richard Earlom, a professional engraver who translated the work of Joseph Wright of Derby, Henry Fuseli, and others. Earlom’s extraordinary control of the mezzotint process is clear in the brilliant light pouring from the left, selectively illuminating the jostling crowd. Equally impressive was his ability to depict the paintings; many remain quite recognizable, and he rendered them with considerable detail and tonal nuance. No doubt Earlom was selected to create this work for his skill in reproducing oil paintings as mezzotints; he reproduced at least 50 paintings in this single print.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Richard Earlom

Title

The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Painting in the Year 1771

Place

England (Artist's nationality)

Date

1772

Medium

Mezzotint in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

Image: 43 × 56 cm (16 15/16 × 22 1/16 in.); Plate: 47.2 × 56.2 cm (18 5/8 × 22 3/16 in.); Sheet: 48.4 × 57.5 cm (19 1/16 × 22 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Sara R. Shorey Endowed Acquisition Fund

Reference Number

2010.40

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