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E. F. Batty- (Charles Heath -incisore), stampa da incisione metallica, carta

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  • Artista:E. F. Batty- (Charles Heath -incisore)
  • Misure:25 cm x 17 cm
  • Tecnica:stampa da incisione metallica
  • Supporto:carta
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Incisione su acciaio del 1820 incisa da Charles Heath su disegno di E.F. Batty. Dimensioni dell'immagine mm 170x250.
Vedi Cremonini - L'Italia nelle vedute e Carte geografiche dal 1493 al 1894 al n. 93 (1820)
Notizie biografiche dell'incisore:

Charles Heath
Many books about artists and engravers, active in the first half of the 1800s, give references to Charles Heath. The best source of information is the set of books "Heath Engravers". Volume 2 of this set is mainly of a biography of Charles and also lists most of the known publications that he was associated with.
James Heath taught his son Charles the art of engraving from early childhood and an etched head of a housemaid exists which Charles engraved at the age of six. He proved an apt and brilliant pupil, with his own perfected style of plates for book illustration. At first he specialised in topographical prints, especially in the "European Scenery" series, and produced some remarkable plates for an edition of the Bible. His small engravings for the numerous popular editions of the English Classics which followed, are also executed with great taste and delicacy. Figure work was his forte, and in some of his portraits he attained great excellence. He branched out into security engraving for banknotes, through the firm of Perkins, Fairman & Heath, and in 1840, with his son Frederick, he was responsible for the engraving of the world's first postage stamp, the well known "Penny Black" (by Perkins Bacon & Co).
A pioneer in the art of engraving, Charles Heath exhibited some very early lithographs at Somerset House from 1803-1806.
In 1820, for Thomas Campbell's small book of poetry "Pleasures of Hope", Charles produced the first printing plates to feature engraving on steel rather than copper. Whereas a single copper plate could be used to produce only a few thousand prints, steel plates could be used to produce greatly increased numbers of prints in the tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands.
With large plate engravings Charles Heath was less successful; among these were his "Puck" and "Infant Hercules" after Reynolds, and "Europa" after Hilton. By contrast his "View from Richmond Hill" and his "Gentleman from the Court of King Charles the First", after Van Dyke, "Christ Healing the Sick in the Temple", after Benjamin West are all masterpieces of their kind. In 1821, and again in 1826 Charles Heath got into financial difficulties but quickly recovered following an energetic diversion into the new fashion for illustrated Annuals and gift-books. Although not the originator, he was the chief promoter of these well known productions and from 1825 onwards he was almost entirely first in engraving for the "Amulet", "Literary Souvenir", and "Landscape Annual", and then in promoting his own productions, notably the "Keepsake", "Heath's Picturesque Annual", "Heath's Book of Beauty" and similar publications. He also promoted "JMW Turner's England and Wales" and for many years he acted as Turner's impresario in getting his watercolours engraved. Apart from many illustrations in the "Keepsake", Charles Heath engraved relatively little himself from 1828, but employed assistants and journeymen engravers, including his two sons Frederick and Alfred; but the prints he supervised are for the most part executed with marvellous technical skill and fidelity, although they eventually became somewhat mechanical and out of fashion.
Due to the failure of his major creditors to pay for his overheads, in April 1840 and again in July 1842, Charles was obliged to sell off his large stock of engravings, and in 1841 trustees were appointed to manage his finances. However he continued to produce fine illustrated books with the help of his publishers, Longmans, until his sudden death on 18 November 1848.


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  • Codice:CDA800
  • Tipo:Stampa
  • Archiviata il:lunedì 31 agosto 2009