Manufactured by Robert Jones / Length / 1769Manufactured by Robert Jones

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Creator Name: Jones, Robert
Creator Role: Manufactory
Creator Name-CRT: Manufactured by Robert Jones
Title: Length
Title Type: Object name
Title: Hunting and Fishing Scenes
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Creation Start Date: 1769
Creation End Date: 1769
Creation Date: 1769
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles-Printed
Materials and Techniques: Linen and cotton
Dimensions: W. 39 in. (99.1 cm), L. 81 1/8 in. (206.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1983.365
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1983

The pastimes of the privileged classes, popular themes for in English prints and paintings of the eighteenth century, are also the subjects for this furnishing fabric. The technique of colorfast copperplate printing, invented in 1752 by Francis Nixon of Drumcondra, Ireland, made the reproduction of such large, complicated, and detailed compositions possible, but only in one color. To create this technical tour de force, Robert Jones combined both innovative and traditional methods. Two different copperplates, one for each subject, were used first to record in an aubergine color the scenes of fashionable gentry engaged in hunting and fishing. Additional colors were then painstakingly added, one by one, using woodblocks, a procedure requiring great skill to ensure that all the impressions were correctly registered. As a final touch, blue was added by penciling. Obviously proud of the accomplishment, Jones discreetly worked into the compositions in several places the name of his firm, its location, and the date January 1, 1769.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1983.365
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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