Hogarth and the World of Prints: Technical Details

Printing

Step 6 Printing
The inked plate is placed onto a flatbed etching press with a traveling bed. A sheet of paper which has been soaked and blotted is carefully positioned on top of the plate, and felt blankets are placed over the plate and paper. The dampened paper is pushed into even the smallest lines of the plate and absorbs each tiny trace of ink when it is run through the intense pressure of the press (manually operated with the large, spoked wheel, as illustrated). It is possible to improvise with a lithographic press; however, the pressure required to force the paper into the inked grooves is so great that any lesser press, such as a book press, would be insufficient. [The plate used in the photographs, as well as a print from the plate, will be included in the exhibition case.]
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