TERM USED IN EARLY TRANSLATIONSGRAVURE EN MANIÈRE NOIRE (fra.)
EVELYN, John, Sculptura: Or, The History, And Art of Chalcography And Engraving in Copper. With an ample enumeration of the most renowned Masters, and their Works. To which is annexed A new manner of Engraving, or Mezzo Tinto, communicated by his Highness Prince Rupert, to the Authour of this Treatise, London, G. Beedle, 1662.2 quotations
[…] we did therefore forbear to mention what his Highness Prince Ruperts own hands have contributed to the dignity of that Art ; performing things in Graving (of which some enrich our collection) comparable to the greatest Masters ; such a spirit and address there appears in all that touches, and especialy in that of the Mezzo Tinto, of which we shall speak here-after more at large, having first enumerated those incomparable gravings of that his new, inimitable Stile, in both the great, and little decollations of St. John Baptist, the Souldier holding a Spear and leaning his hand on a Shield, the two Mary Magdalens, the Old- mans head, that of Titian, &c. after the same Titian, Georgioon and others.
[...] I did not think it necessary that an Art [n.d.r. : Mezzo Tinto] so curious, and (as yet) so little vulgar (and which indeed does not succeed where the Workman is not an accomplished Designer, and has a competent talent in painting likewise) was to be prostituted at so cheap a rate, as the more naked describing of it here, would too soon have expos’d it to. [...]
RICHARDSON, Jonathan, Two Discourses. I. An Essay on the whole Art of Criticism as it relates to Painting. Shewing how to judge I. Of the Goodness of a Picture ; II. Of the Hand of the Master ; and III. Whether ‘tis an Original, or a Copy. II. An Argument in behalf of the Science of a Connoisseur ; Wherein is shewn the Dignity, Certainty, Pleasure, and Advantage of it. Both by Mr. Richardson, London, W. Churchill, 1719.1 quotations
Prints whether Grav’d in Metal, or Wood, Etch’d or Mezzo-Tincto are a sort of Works done in such a Manner as is not so proper as that whereby Paintings, or Drawings are performed, it not being possible by It to make any thing so Excellent as in the Others. But This way of Working is Chosen upon Other Accounts, such as that thereby great Numbers are produced instead of One, so that the thing comes into Many hands ; and that at an Easy Price.