The temporary exhibition galleries at the Frick are home to three simultaneous exhibitions of prints this summer.
Thirty-five etchings by 17th-century master Jacques Callot (1592–1635) and his followers form the cornerstone of our summer look at printmaking. Together, the three exhibitions span over 100 years and provide a look at three different centuries as observed by artists working with different techniques and for different purposes, yet all illustrating the importance of the printmaker in recording, publishing and disseminating a distinct view of the world.
While Callot's work gives us a look at a slice of 17th-century life and subject matter, a selection of fine 18th-century English mezzotints purchased by Henry Clay Frick in the early 20th century provides a fascinating look at who-was-who in 18th-century England.
The final component of our look at printmaking will be a rare glimpse of the Frick's complete folio Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Rouen, Etc; drawn from nature and on stone by Thomas Shotter Boys, London exhibited in its entirety for the first time in more than 20 years. These 29 chromolithographs by Thomas Shotter Boys (1803–1874) are technically brilliant, full of charming detail, and give a glimpse into the sights tourists of the early 19th century would have admired whether traveling, or leafing through Boys' groundbreaking publication.
Wednesday, 15 August, 2012