• James Baker
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


This chapter asks who the people buying the materials and equipment described in the previous chapter were, and who between artist-engravers, publishers, and printers absorbed which costs, took on which tasks, or were responsible for which risks. It explores how representative were some of the era’s most prolific and well-researched collaborations, the commercial uses and successes of plates that contained errors, and the economics of reworking and refreshing plates. It argues that the trade in satirical prints consisted of a variety of metropolitan businessmen and women rather than a coherent industry of printmakers and print sellers, and that the dynamic of power between the different agents involved requires careful consideration in light of the objects they made and sold.


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  • James Baker
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  1. 1.University of SussexBrightonUK

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