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John Raphael Smith and the Great Mezzotinters of the Time of Reynolds

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John Raphael Smith and the Great Mezzotinters of the Time of Reynolds - Hind, Arthur Mayger
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EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY mezzotint is England's chief glory in the history of engraving. In line-engraving and etching England had started a century behind the continent of Europe, and even then much of the best work produced for a considerable period was done by settlers from abroad. With mezzotint, too, the initiative came from abroad, for its inventor, Ludwig von Siegen, was a German amateur, and most of its earliest practitioners were German or Dutch. But very soon after the introduction of the new process, England became the ...

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