repoussage


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repoussage

(ˌrɛpuːˈsɑːʒ)
n
the art of making repoussé, the process of hammering out thin metal to create or remove reliefs
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Mei-Ying Sung has recently argued, in a book-length study, that Blake experimented extensively with repoussage in his work.
Sung almost always refers to repoussage as a sign that Blake "made a mistake" of some kind, but she rarely tries to determine what the mistake could have been, or to distinguish a correction of an error from an instance in which he simply changed his mind or had a better idea or wanted to add something after a section of the plate was deeply engraved or etched.
It is very difficult to use the information in Sung's book to test one's own conjectures about revisions to the plates: there is no image provided of the hammer and chisel marks on the Chaucer plate, only an extensive, rather vague list of the general areas of the print that correspond to areas of repoussage on the plate verso--indeed, in the entire book there are only three obscure monochrome images of the versos of Blake's Job plates, one image of the recto of a lob plate, an image of a platemaker's mark, three more images of mostly non-Blake works, and diagrams of enigmatic marks on the backs of several of the Job plates.