Aug 19, 2014

The Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature: The Pontic Rhododendron

The Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature: The Pontic Rhododendron


Robert John Thornton

(British, 1768–1837)

Aquatint, stipple and line engraving

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1951.276



In the 18th century, new engraving and etching techniques offered a variety of tonal effects that enhanced botanical prints. While mezzotint (in which the plate is roughened and then the engraver works from dark to light creating different values) and stipple (dots create values) make it possible to create the rich tonal scale and velvety texture of oil paint, aquatint imitates the delicacy and transparency of watercolor and ink wash.

See also
PR - Aquatint
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