Bill Ritchie Work in Florida
Paul Calantropo Collection
Specifications: 2015. Print. 6 X 4-inches. Intaglio on Arches cover paper. Sanguine Charbonnel ink. Signed lower right. Moment number 1512292037.
Artist's comment: Paul ordered After Rembrandt on Etsy in June, 2018. He is a fine jeweler, and wrote that he was interested in buying a Mini Etching Press, also he wondered if he could buy a pre-etched plate like the one used in making this print. This 6” x 4” monoprint was printed with the Intaglio printmaking method in sanquine on Arches Cover paper. It is signed in the lower right corner. It was sent to Paul in a display 10" x 8" frame suitable for hanging.
My comments are printed on the back label, “For a startup idea based on famous artists’ prints. The idea was Sip N’ Print and featured ready-made plates. One was Rembrandt’s etching, Self-portrait in a cap. I printed these for six months, one night a week, at a bar by my studio.”
Mini Etching Press No. 46
Specifications: 2018. Mini Etching Press. Serial No. 60046. Specifications: Top and bottom rollers are 1 7/8 inch diameter and 5.5 inches long. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 14.5 inch polycarbonate with steel rack; overall length is 15 inches; overall width is 9 inches; overall height is 10 inches; weight, about 13 lbs; hand-welded stainless steel drive wheel is 8 inches diameter. Bed is rack-driven, approximating a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Wood is solid American black walnut. Pressure screws are linked and synchronized. Includes two etching felts, user's manual and tools for assembly.
About Paul Calantropo: Paul Calantropo is a skilled jeweler, watch-maker and restored of Boston's timeless time-pieces, the Chelsea City Hall Tower Clock. After Paul saw my copy of the Rembrandt self-portrait on Etsy and purchased it, he asked about buying the plate, too. Next he ordered a DIY Mini Halfwood Press directly from the Kughler Company. After his press arrived in his shop he modified certain parts of Tom's design.
Paul modified the height of the sprockets (left) and made new, larger brass balls on the pressure screws (right).
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