Advert For A. R. Dorrington & Co., Engravers
Medium: Print on paper
This is an advertisement for the services of Alfred Dorrington and Co., artists and designers. This form specialised in producing inexpensive wood engravings and electrotype casts. Electrotyping was developed in the 1840s and produced very good quality plates. Once an engraving was complete a wax mould was impressed onto the image, this was then coated in graphite, or any other electrically conductive material. This mould was then immersed in an electrolytic bath and a copper coating was deposited onto the wax. Once the wax was removed the copper surface was mounted onto a plate and used to print the image. In the 1800s it became very fashionable to collect photographs and images of well known individual and Queen Victoria was one of the most popular figures.