Dulce Domum, or the Return from School
John Jones (British; English, 1745 – 1797)
William Redmore Bigg (British English, 1755 – 1828)
DimensionsSheet : 22 x 28 in. (55.88 x 71.12 cm)
Image : 18 x 24 1/8 in. (45.72 x 61.28 cm)
Credit LineGift of Arthur and Kristine Rossof
LabelThree basic techniques for producing color mezzotints were developed in the 18th century. The first technique involved printing the image using multiple plates, one for each color. The second technique involved printing the image using a single plate on which different colored inks were applied using small balls of cloth. The third technique involved printing the image in black and white using a single plate, and painting the colors onto the image by hand afterwards. This color mezzotint and its pair (2020.26) were created using the second technique. The prints are based on a pair of paintings by William Redmore Bigg, who was famous in Britain during the late 18th century for his sentimental images of children. The plates were engraved by John Jones, a master printmaker, who in 1790 was appointed as the official engraver for the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York.