SHORT, Frank

‘Chain of Alps from Grenoble to Chamberi’ mezzotint by Frank Short



Signed Mezzotint by Frank Short.

A mezzotint by Frank Short, after the drawing by J.M.W. Tuner which is in the National Gallery. Short etched this plate in 1887 with the publication line added in lower margin. A rich, tonal impression printed in brown ink on cream wove paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed in pencil. It is unexamined out of frame, but the etching appears to be in good condition, frame a little chipped but very servicable, a new mount would be good.

7 x 10 1/8 (sheet 12 7/8 x 17).

(Reference: Hardie 7 ii)

Frank Short worked on the uncompleted ‘Liber Studiorum’ througout his career, completing 47 etched and mezzotinted plates after Turner.In 1807, Turner began his enterprise of publishing a series of 100 plates known as the Liber Studiorum, inspired, in part, by Claude’s own studio record, Liber veritatis (begun in 1635 and continued until his death in 1682). Turner’s aim was to document the great variety and range of landscape; some of the subjects were taken from his own existing paintings and watercolours. He employed several engravers, although he supervised the work at every stage, etched some of the plates himself, and made innumerable preparatory drawings. The publication was issued in parts consisting of five plates each and covering all the styles of landscape composition, including historical, architectural, mountainous, pastoral, and marine. The first part appeared in June 1807 and the last in 1819, when Turner evidently lost interest in the project and abandoned it after the publication of 71 plates.

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