Invented in the late 18th century, the aquatint process enabled artists to produce intaglio prints with rich tonal gradations and careful hand colouring. British artists embraced the medium for the representation of travel, and they used it to represent Indian cave temples, Chinese waterways, African villages, and more. Aquatint became the medium of choice for representations of cultural difference, and aquatint travel prints subtly shaped the direction of modern art.



Douglas Fordham is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of British Art and the Seven Years’ War: Allegiance and Autonomy (UPenn, 2010), a co-editor of Art and the British Empire (Manchester UP, 2010), and author of the forthcoming Aquatint Worlds: Travel, Print, and Empire, 1770–1820 (Yale UP, 2019).




3-4:30pm, Thursday 20 June 2019
Schaeffer Seminar Room, Rm 210
RC Mills Building, A26
University of Sydney
NSW 2006




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