Jun 24, 2008

Twelve Months of Fruit: February

Twelve Months of Fruit: February


Henry Fletcher

(British, active 1715–38)

Engraving, hand-colored

Sheet: 48.4 x 38 cm (19 1/16 x 14 15/16 in.); Platemark: 41.3 x 34.3 cm (16 1/4 x 13 1/2 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1949.410

Catalogue raisonné: Dunthorne 117, only state



Unlike in books from the previous century, Furber’s etchings were colored by hand with watercolor in a realistic manner. The example to the left, which had not yet been painted, demonstrates the conceptual importance of color. Watercolor enhances the three-dimensional effect of each fruit and adds significant visual interest. Although these prints fulfilled a utilitarian purpose, their decorative quality was also appreciated: they were reissued in numerous editions from the 1730s through the 1750s.

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PR - Engraving
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