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  • Collection: La Manière Anglaise: Mezzotints from the Permanent Collection

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In 1829, John Constable engaged the young David Lucas, recently graduated apprentice of the famed mezzotinter, Samuel William Reynolds, to engrave a number of his landscapes. The project, in the end incorporating reproductions of just twenty-two…

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Like many artists, Godfrey Kneller, the most celebrated portrait painter in England at the turn of the eighteenth century, greatly enhanced his reputation, and his pocketbook, by selling reproductions of his portraits to the general public. The…

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Dox Thrash studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, before and after the First World War, in which he was wounded on the final day of hostilities. In 1925 he settled in Philadelphia, where he studied printmaking with Earl Horter, and, during the…

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Robert Kipniss began his career as a printmaker by experimenting with etching and then drypoint. He soon found lithography better suited for realizing his softly toned landscapes, which might be characterized as a synthesis derived from an…

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Born and trained in Philadelphia, Joseph Pennell set up his first studio in his hometown in 1880. By 1884, he had moved to London, where he became friends with—and fell under the influence of—American ex-patriot James McNeill Whistler. He…

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The dramatic lighting employed in this portrait by Strang, an effect for which mezzotint is particularly well suited, bestows an air of distinction upon the head of an otherwise anonymous worker. The subject and treatment, common to Strang, reflects…

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Scottish-born William Strang received his artistic training in London, at the Slade School of Fine Art, where for six years, beginning in 1875, he studied with the famed French printmaker Alphonse Legros. During his tenure under Legros, he grew so…

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The mezzotint process began to flourish in both England and Holland during the second half of the seventeenth century. The start of the French-Dutch war in 1672, though, sent many of the artists practicing the medium in Amsterdam, including Abraham…

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Italian native Gerardo Belfiore immigrated at the age of 16 to the United States, where he settled in Philadelphia. Although largely self-taught, he had become competent enough as an artist by 1937 to be hired by the WPA/FAP’s Fine Print Workshop,…

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Martin Lewis is best known for the dramatically lit views of New York City he executed in drypoint during the late 1920s and early 1930s. Like most printmakers, though, he was proficient in several mediums, including mezzotint, of which he produced a…
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