© The British Museum
Rubens' painting of Daniel
in the Lions' Den was copied by a number of engravers. During
his tour of Scotland in 1767, William Hayley called on the Glasgow
printers, the Foulis brothers, and bought 'a respectable print,
very nicely impressed on satin' of the famous work in the Long Gallery
at Hamilton Palace.
This illustration shows a mezzotint by William
Ward (1766-1826), of 1789, now in the British
Museum. A mezzotint is made by roughening the copper plate so
that it will print a dense black, and then gradually scraping the
plate to create lighter and lighter effects. The result is an impression
with velvety richness and a wide variety of tones.