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[The Massacre of the Innocents]
[Venice: J. Baptist Pasquali, No date but 1739]. Woodcut by Jackson, printed from four blocks in buff, violet-gray, light brown and dark violet- brown, dedicated to Smart Lethieullie. Image Size: 15 7/8 x 21 1/8 inches. [Kainen 18]. Cut to the edge of the image and backed onto '1823' wove paper. A fine example of Jackson's work: one of the extraordinary chiaroscuro woodcuts from his very rare masterpiece: 'Titiani Vecelii Pauli Caliarii Jacobi Robusti et Jacobi de Ponte Opera selectiora a Joanne Baptista Jackson, Anglo ligno coelata et coloribus adumbrata' - one of the great glories of 18th-century print-making. Jackson began the Titiani Vecelii... in 1739 with three subscribers, and despite difficulties in obtaining other subscribers due to the outbreak of war in Europe, he managed to complete the twenty-four prints depicting 17 paintings by 1743, and the work was published as a bound volume in 1745. During the four and a half years Jackson was involved in this project, he included the techniques of embossing in his prints, he had cut and proofed ninety-four blocks, and had brought chiaroscuro forward as a strong alternative to standard engraving as a means of reproducing paintings. In his book of 1754, An Essay on the Invention of Engraving and Printing in Chiaro Oscuro, Jackson comments on his medium; "... there is a masterly and free Drawing [in chiaroscuro], a boldness of Engraving and Relief, which pleases a true Taste more than all the little Exactness found in the Engravings in Copper plates..." Cf. Bigmore & Wyman A Bibliography of Printing (1880-1886) I, pp.205 and 365; cf. Burch Colour Printing and Colour Printers pp.72-77; cf. Chatto & Jackson A Treatise on Wood- Engraving (1861) pp.453-457; cf. Frankau Eighteenth-Century Colour-Prints (1907) pp.42-46; cf. Hardie English Coloured Books (1906) pp.19-27; Kainen John Baptist Jackson: 18th-Century Master of the Color Woodcut (1962) 18; cf. Le Blanc Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes (1854-1888) II, p.416; cf. Linton The Masters of Wood Engraving (1889) p.214; cf Nagler Allgemeines Kunstler-Lexicon (1835-1852) VI, pp383-384
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