The Romantic Print in the Age of Revolutions

Thursday, January 23, 2003
Sunday, March 30, 2003

Continuing the comprehensive exploration of British Romantic printmaking begun with The Romantic Landscape Print (September 25–December 29, 2002), this exhibition was selected from the Center’s collections to complement Romantics & Revolutionaries. The exhibition focused on portrait, subject, and narrative prints, investigating themes such as the cult of the hero in the Romantic period, the relationship between literature and the visual arts, and the depiction of contemporary historical events, such as the American and French Revolutions, and the Napoleonic Wars. Among the artists featured were Benjamin West, Henry Fuseli, and J. M. W. Turner, the great visionary artist-engravers William Blake and John Martin, and the subversive twenty-first century heirs of Romanticism, Jake and Dinos Chapman. Special emphasis was placed on techniques and processes.

David Lucas, after John Constable, The Rainbow, Salisbury Cathedral (detail), 1837, mezzotint and etching, first published state, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

The exhibition was organized by Gillian Forrester, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, and Eric Stryker, doctoral candidate in the History of Art, Yale University.