The Dragon Arum, Black Calla or Solomon's Lily

Robert John Thornton1799-1807

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

In the 18th century, new engraving and etching techniques offered a variety of tonal effects that enhanced botanical prints. While mezzotint (in which the plate is roughened and then the engraver works from dark to light creating different values) and stipple (dots create values) make it possible to create the rich tonal scale and velvety texture of oil paint, aquatint imitates the delicacy and transparency of watercolor and ink wash.

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  • Title: The Dragon Arum, Black Calla or Solomon's Lily
  • Creator: Robert John Thornton (British, 1768-1837), William Ward (British, 1776-1826)
  • Date Created: 1799-1807
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1939.291
  • Medium: mezzotint
  • Department: Prints
  • Culture: England, late 18th-early 19th Century
  • Credit Line: Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland, for the Donald Gray Memorial Collection
  • Collection: PR - Mezzotint
  • Accession Number: 1939.291

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