These projects included the engraving of his Chaucer painting, his Public Address to the Chalcographic Society (a group formed for the encouragement of engraving and which was promoted by the Hunts and Robert Cromek, the publisher of The Grave), several notebook poems on the Hunts and his other enemies, Milton, and Jerusalem.
As detailed by Read, Blake's genius must have been sparked by closely reading The Examiner as it promoted Louis Schiavonetti's engraving of Stothard's painting The Canterbury Pilgrims and Cromek's Chalcographic Society throughout 1810.
The negative nature would obtain the image inversely (as in chalcographic
engraving and lithography) but would also turn grooves of the matrix into reliefs on the imprinted piece and vice versa.
In contrast to the seamless union of image and text that occurred in illuminated manuscripts and incunabula, the advent of chalcographic
engraving altered this dynamic.
Eaves's detailed and convincing account of all this becomes especially relevant to my concern when in the course of explaining that some of the new chalcographic
techniques added qualities to pictures that themselves subsequently became autonomous values, he remarks "those flavors [supplied by new technologies] can themselves become topics of optical interest--thus (to misapply .