Perseus and Andromeda, 1762

François-Philippe Charpentier; Artist: after Carle Vanloo

Etching and aquatint printed in brown (from two plates)

The William Hood Dunwoody Fund P.92.1.1

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A 1762 advertisement in a Paris paper announced, “Monsieurs Charpentier and Floding, authors of a new manner of engraving which imitates wash perfectly, are releasing six prints in this taste.” Perseus and Andromeda was among the first aquatints they published. It reproduces a drawing by Carle Vanloo, First Painter to the King (Premier Peintre du Roi). To make his aquatints, Charpentier reportedly built a special machine that was largely funded by a Swedish drawing collector, Count Carl Gustav Tessin.

Image: Public Domain. The William Hood Dunwoody Fund

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