About this artwork
The late 18th and early 19th centuries were an incredibly fertile period for innovation in the European textile industries, especially in the field of direct printing. Decades of experimentation led to the development of a variety of ways to apply color and pattern to cloth, which enabled artists and designers to invent new design vocabularies and quickly respond to cultural trends and ideas. One of the most enduring of these innovations was the ability to print on cloth with copperplates and then subsequently with engraved copper metal rollers. The quality of detail achieved through this method was unrivaled in terms of clarity, precision.
- Currently Off View
- “Scenes of Rome” Furnishing Fabric
- Made 1811–1819
- Cotton; engraved roller printed
- 268 × 83.2 cm (105 1/2 × 32 3/4 in.)
- Elizabeth M. Schultz Endowment Fund