Jean-Baptiste Le Prince
Jean-Baptiste Le Prince. Divers ajustements et usages de Russie. Paris, 1775.
The painter and engraver Jean-Baptiste Le Prince (1734-1781) is credited with being the first artist to introduce aquatint into his etched and engraved plates. He may even have been the inventor of aquatint, the tonal graphic art that would later be so skillfully used by such masters as Goya. His illustrations of Russia and its peoples is significant in that he based his compositions entirely upon his own designs, lending a much more realistic portrayal to his views than other eighteenth century contemporaries.