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.

Michel Estebe: Three Sparrows

ESTEBE, Michel

Three Sparrows

Mezzotint, 2021.


Trois Moineaux (original French title) Color mezzotint on wove paper, 2021. Edition of 60. Signed, titled, numbered, and dated in pencil.Subtitled ...

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Michel Estebe: Two Beetles

ESTEBE, Michel

Two Beetles

Mezzotint, 2003.


Deux Coccinelles (original French title)Color mezzotint and drypoint printed on wove paper.Edition of 65.Signed, dated, titled, and numbered in pen...

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Susan Jameson: Winter Sun


Winter Sun

Mezzotint, 1983.


Color mezzotint printed from three plates on a single sheet of wove paper.Edition of 100.Published by Georgetown Graphics Inc for the Print Collect...

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Peter Vilhelm Ilsted: Toadstools (O/S 20)

ILSTED, Peter Vilhelm

Toadstools (O/S 20)

Mezzotint, 1913.


14" x 8 ⅜"Mezzotint printed in colorsEdition of 40Signed and numbered in pencil in margin

Jukka Vanttinen: The Swann


The Swann

Mezzotint, 2019.


Svanen (original Swedish title)Mezzotint printed in bluish-black ink on wove paper.Edition of 30.Signed, titled in English, dated, and numbered in ...

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Terry Wilson: Anatomy of a Scream


Anatomy of a Scream

Mezzotint, 1979.


Aquatint, mezzotint, and drypoint on Arches wove paper.Edition of 100.Published by Georgetown Graphics Inc for the Print Collectors Club, Washingto...

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Sir Frank Short: Orpheus and Eurydice

SHORT, Sir Frank

Orpheus and Eurydice

Mezzotint, 1889.


Orpheus and Eurydice (after George Frederic Watts, R.A., H.R.C.A. 1817 - 1904). 1889. Mezzotint. Hardie 54.12 5/8 x 19 1/2 (sheet 17 1/8 x 23 3/ 8)...

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