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Caroline Watson: The Jane Austen of Georgian Printmaking — 8 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this informative post, Leslie. It seems as if she was consumed by her creativity. I will have to check out the links. I wonder what he medium for making the prints was. It is an intriguing topic.

    • Hi, Deborah! I’m so glad you found Miss Watson interesting! Printmaking can be done numerous ways, but mezzotint is usually done by etching a design on a metal plate, treating that plate with ink, and then pressing it onto paper. Rather messy for a “female art”. If you search youtube you can find numerous demonstrations of mezzotint. I found this one https://youtu.be/rX47mOt8NE4 there’s no dialogue but it shows a printmaker work from start to finish on a print. Thanks for commenting!

    • I know! There’s just so little information and I can’t find that they’ve published any of her letters. I took a class on Women in Art and Culture, but she wasn’t covered at all. I discovered her during a trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Perhaps if I had an art library nearby, I might be able to find something, but most sources give about the same information. Thanks, Jane!

  2. Wow, those prints you showed are quite remarkable looking! They almost look like photographs in the color and shading – it’s a shame that her art was not regarded very highly, when clearly it takes some painstaking effort. This was very interesting, thanks for sharing. Did you know to look for this information at the Fitzwilliam Museum, and did the name of the museum draw you there? 🙂

    • I’ve passed the Fitzwilliam Museum a few times. It’s an amazing building–even from the outside. We decided to spend a rainy afternoon in there one weekend looking at art. Name was a coincidence, but a fun one.

      Caroline Watson garnered a lot of attention in her time from the queen and Joshua Reynolds, but most women were discounted as artists. She was lucky enough to receive the attention she did.

      Thanks, Kathy!

    • The Fitzwilliam is wonderful. It’s a pretty good size, but I was impressed by the antiquities portion. I look forward to returning to finish going through the museum. Thanks, Juliet!

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