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ENG 204
Alison Muri

William Blake 1757-1827 To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour. “Auguries of Innocence” “Amethod of printing both letterpress and engraving in a stye more ornamental uniform and grand than any before discovered, while it produces works at less than one forth the expense”  romanticist  a bit extrinsic  from a fairly young age he was an apprentice as an engraver ◦ he would engrave great arts into a plate ◦ it was frustrating and limiting to him  in 1787 his brother died, he dreamed that his brother told him of the greatest invention in his dream, a infernal method  relief etching: the "white" background areas which are exposed to the acid, and the areas to print "black" which are covered with ground.  “Morning amusement” -- engraved by Blake after Jean-Antoine Watteau, 1782  Engraving: when you actually engrave (carve) into the medal  Etching: using chemicals to melt away paper. Either by putting on a fine dust that would stick to the plate or tonal prints (mezzotint)  Mezzotint: engraving a pattern that allows for different mounts of greys to be seen on the plate  engravers are not artists, they are machine like, crafts man The prospectus: “To the Public” (1793)  a critique of the establishment and the difficulty of gaining recognition for
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