• 2 November 2018
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Artistic exchanges between France and Great Britain were particular fruitful in the 18th century. Mezzotint prints represented the majority of English prints that circulated in 18th-century France, then the demand increased for different genres and subjects as well, whilst stipple had a major success starting from the 1780’s. Focusing on the production of the main British printmakers, this paper aims to reconstruct the dynamics of the reception of British prints in the enlightened France and to reflect on their impact in the French artistic production.

Image caption: Print made by Richard Earlom, 1743–1822, British, Life School at the Royal Academy, 1773, Mezzotint on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

About the speaker

  • Alice Ottazzi_headhost

    Alice Ottazzi is a fully funded PhD candidate in art history working on the reception of the British school in France in the 18th century. Her researches also embrace history of drawing and print with a particular focus on the 18th century.

    In 2012 she worked in the Print and Drawing Department at Louvre Museum and since 2015 she is teaching assistant in at the University of Turin and, in 2018, temporary lecture in Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne. Her researches were funded by different institutions, among them the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and INHA (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art). In 2017 she was Visiting Scholar in the Department of Art History at Columbia University (NY).