A Woman Sitting by the Window (“Evening Thou Bringest All”), from the first issue of Specimens of Polyautography

A work made of lithograph in black on cream wove paper, tipped onto mount with aquatint border in gray on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on cream wove paper, tipped onto mount with aquatint border in gray on cream wove paper.

Date:

1802, published 1803

Artist:

Henry Fuseli (Swiss, active in England, 1741-1825)
published by Philipp André (German, active London, 1800–1805)
and James Heath (British, 1757–1834)

About this artwork

Specimens of Polyautography (published 1803), the portfolio of lithographs that included Fuseli’s print (as well as James Barry’s Eastern Patriarch and Benjamin West’s Angel of the Resurrection), contained the first lithographs published in Britain.

Lithography is a form of printing in which a drawing is made directly on limestone, which is then moistened and inked, the ink adhering only to the drawn marks. The resulting print thus retains the immediacy of the original drawing. The Greek inscription on Fuseli’s print, a quote from the ancient Greek lyric poet Sappho which was reversed in the printing process, means “Evening, thou bringest all [things home].”

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Henry Fuseli

Title

A Woman Sitting by the Window (“Evening Thou Bringest All”), from the first issue of Specimens of Polyautography

Origin

United Kingdom

Date

1803

Medium

Lithograph in black on cream wove paper, tipped onto mount with aquatint border in gray on cream wove paper

Dimensions

232 x 318 mm (image/primary support); 372 x 490 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2015.217.7

Extended information about this artwork

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