|Description: We offer the complete suite of twelve engravings of pastoral life titled The Months of the Year, by Bartolozzi after Zocchi. The images are approximately 13” x 17” printed on handmade laid paper. They are lettered below the images with artists' and publisher's names: "G. Zocchi inven. / F. Bartolozzi incid. appo Wagner Venezia. C. P. E. S.", along with the title, plate number and four-lines of Italian verse. They were produced by Wagner in 1761. Item #PR00318.
This series represents the best work from the early part of Bartolozzi’s career, as he gracefully translated Zocchi’s intricate oil paintings into compelling black and white engravings.
Francesco Bartolozzi (1727–1815) was an Italian engraver born the son of a gold and silver smith. He studied engraving in Venice under the rigorous tutelage of Joseph Wagner, whom Bartolozzi had admired as a young student. Not long after his arrival in London he was appointed 'Engraver to the King' and began the most prolific period of his career. During this time he popularized the “crayon” method of engraving. In 1802, Bartolozzi accepted the post of director of the National Academy of Lisbon, the city in which he died.
Condition: The prints are trimmed to the margins and laid down to heavy cotton artist’s paper. One print, “Agosto” has an approximately 3” crease at the top of the image; a printing error. There are some errant marks here and there, but overall the twelve prints are in very good condition.