Chalk-manner etching and engraving
Sheet: 22.3 x 26.9 cm (8 3/4 x 10 9/16 in.); Platemark: 21.5 x 25.7 cm (8 7/16 x 10 1/8 in.)
Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1927.335
Catalogue raisonné: Inventaire du Fonds Français XVIII.VI.413.255
In 1757 a printmaker named Jean-Charles François developed a printing technique to make facsimiles of chalk drawings. He perfected his method by inventing tools with toothed points of varying thicknesses set at irregular intervals and angles, imitating the random character of grains of chalk on textured paper. Demarteau adopted François's specialized implements to copy the chalk drawings of such well-known artists as Le Prince and François Boucher.
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