To Woodcut on Pewter

Blake manuscript - Notebook 1807 - 03 To Woodcut on Pewter

1st reading:[1]Edit

Memorandum

To Woodcut on Pewter: lay a ground on the Plate & smoke it as for Etching; then trace your outlines [& draw, them with a needle del.]. and beginning with the spots of light on each object with an oval pointed needle scrape off the ground. [& instead of etching the shadowy strokesdel.] as a direction for your graver; then proceed to graving with the ground on the plate, being as careful as possible not to hurt the ground, because it, being black, will shew perfectly what is wanted [word del.].

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2nd reading:[2]Edit

Memorandum

To Woodcut on Pewter. lay a ground on the Plate & smoke it as for Etching, then trace your outline<s> [& draw, them with a needle]. and beginning with the spots of light on each object with an oval pointed needle scrape off the ground. [& instead of etching the shadowy strokes] as a direction for your graver then proceed to graving with the ground on the plate being as careful as possible not to hurt the ground because it being black will shew perfectly what is wanted [towards]

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  1. "Blake Complete Writings", ed. Geoffrey Keynes, pub. OUP 1966/85, p. 440.
  2. "The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake", ed. by David V. Erdman, Anchor Books, 1988, p. 694.
 

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