Valentine Green after John Opie
24¼ x 20¾ inches
A large-scale mezzotint engraving by Green after Opie; published in London in 1785.
This print represents a remarkable technical achievement for the period as it was very rare to produce mezzotint engravings on this scale. A large sheet of copper would have been worked and reworked hundreds of times to produce this wonderful image and the stark contrast between the velvet black and bright white testifies to the quality of engraving and crispness of the impression. The artist, John Opie (1761-1807) was well known for his genre scenes and, in particular, his use of chiaroscuro: the contrast in art between darkness and light. This print is an exceptional example of this technique.