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Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
From: Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland
Pressed Nature Prints
Frame Dimensions: 27' x 20' in
Sheet Dimensions: 21.5' x 14.75' in.
From the early fifteenth century onward experiments with making prints from pressed leaves and flowers were conducted. The first ventures into this technique were relatively simple with the specimen inked and paper laid upon it. Pressure was then applies by hand to gain an impression. This rather crude method was advanced and perfected during the nineteenth century by the Imperial Printing Office in Vienna. Plants were new passed under pressure between a lead and a steel plate and an electrotype made, on the lead plate, from the impression. It was this innovative technique that Thomas Moore chose for the creation of the plates in his splendid book, Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland.
The plates were produced for Moore by Henry Bradbury and are the finest example of nature-printing available. Indeed, Thomas Moore;s book heralded a craze for ferns during the nineteenth century perhaps because of the exquisite delicacy of the images projected.