The Baths of Caracalla
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The Baths of Caracalla 1923
  • Scottish Art
In 1919 Cameron was appointed a member of both the Faculty of Painting and the newly formed Faculty of Engraving of the British School at Rome. This print dates from his trip to Rome in 1923, when he visited the School and its students. The Baths of Caracalla were the second largest complex of baths in ancient Rome, and were built in the 3rd Century AD by Marcus Aurelius Antonius, better known as Caracalla. The Baths or Thermae were an important part of Roman social life and this building must have been staggering in both its size and opulence. In this print (which is one of Cameron’s largest), he concentrates on the massive, gloomy architectural ruins.

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Drypoint

A printmaking technique that uses a needle to etch an image directly onto a copper plate. The resulting raised surface, or burr, which holds the ink used in the printmaking process produces a soft, velvety effect.

Engraving

The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

Etching

A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Drypoint, Engraving, Etching

Details

  • Acc. No. CAMERON.51
  • Medium Etching and drypoint on paper
  • Size 27.50 x 42.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1949