Mezzotints

What they lack for in numbers, they make up for in visual strength.  Mezzotints bring grayscales and gentle color modulations like few other techniques in printmaking afford.  It's no wonder the technique has spawned its own sub-culture of collectors.  There aren't many printmakers who have turned to the mezzotint rocker to express themselves, as the small number of works below shows.  But those who have usually don't do so lightly or in vain: softness of tone abounds in each of these prints.

John Constable: The Lock -- Large Plate

CONSTABLE, John

The Lock -- Large Plate

Mezzotint, 1832-34.

$1,750

The Lock - Large Plate. 1832/34. Mezzotint by David Lucas (1802-1881), as directed by John Constable. Reworked and republished final state. Shirley...

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John Constable: The Cornfield

CONSTABLE, John

The Cornfield

Mezzotint, 1832/34.

$1,750

John Constable. 1776-1837 (after) by David Lucas (1802-1881).The Cornfield 1832/34. Mezzotint by David Lucas (1802 - 1881) after John Constable. Sh...

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