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This is a 'furnishing print', intended
as a wall decoration. Such prints found
a ready and growing market among
the prospering middle classes of Blake's day. They also provided prestgious and lucrative commissions for commercial engravers such as Blake. In 1784, with
this sort of opportunity in mind, Blake set
up a short-lived printselling and publishing business with James Parker.

 

Rosamond is printed in three colours.
As can be seen in the colour prints
to the right, Blake developed his own method of colour-printing which may
have taken some inspiration from standard commercial methods of colour-printing.

August 2004