The Print MarketThe collaborative nature of printmaking makes notions of copies and duplicates somewhat perplexing. As long as it is not too worn out, a plate can be reused even after the etcher’s death. The plate can also be reworked to refresh the incisions and publish additional editions of reasonable quality.
The publisher’s name on a plate indicates that he initiated the project. Publishers often acquired plates to make further impressions and assure supplementary revenue from the print. Jacques Callot managed many aspects of the publication of his prints, but appointed his friend, Parisian Israël Henriet (1590-1661), as his only publisher. Henriet inherited half of Callot’s plates and his workshop benefitted from the etcher’s popularity for many years after his death in 1635.
It is unclear how the other half of Callot’s plates ended up in the workshops of other publishers. For example, the Nancy version of the Caprices was used in another edition published by Jacques Fagnani in the beginning of the eighteenth century. These impressions (one is shown in the middle display cabinet) have numbers at the bottom of each print, although nothing else from Callot’s plate has been changed