Paul and Virginie

A work made of etching and engraving, from four plates, in yellow, blue, red and black, on paper.
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  • A work made of etching and engraving, from four plates, in yellow, blue, red and black, on paper.

Date:

1795

Artist:

Charles-Melchior Descourtis (French, 1753-1820)
Jean Schall (French, 1752-1825)

About this artwork

One of the most accomplished color printmakers of his era, Charles Melchior Descourtis produced a body of work that is small and relatively unknown. Descourtis learned his method of multiple-plate color printing from Jean François Janinet and like him used toolwork on the plate rather than aquatint, an acid immersion process used to create general areas of shading. This is one of a series of six plates that relates the story of Paul and Virginie.

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Artist

Charles Melchior Descourtis

Title

Paul and Virginie

Origin

France

Date

1795

Medium

Etching and engraving, from four plates, in yellow, blue, red and black, on paper

Dimensions

373 × 410 mm (image); 415 × 470 mm (sheet, cut within plate mark)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1926.477

Extended information about this artwork

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