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In 1877, 31-year-old Stephen Parrish sold his stationary business in Philadelphia to pursue a career in painting. Two years later, after encountering Philip Gilbert Hamerton’s Etching and Etchers, published in 1868 as a response to the growing…

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This reduced version of Old Acadian Inn Yard represents one of ten plates etched by Parrish—all but one diminutive reproductions of originals—to serve as illustrations for his 1884 Catalogue of Etchings, a privately published compendium of the…

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Connecticut-born Peggy Bacon received her artistic training at several schools in New York City, including the Art Students League, where from 1915 to 1920 she studied painting with some of the New York art world’s leading figures, including…

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Although recognized as one of the leading artists in New York City during the 1930s, remarkably little is known about Mabel Dwight’s early years, other than the fact that she studied briefly at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art, either in 1896-97…

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Henri Rivière is perhaps best known for his association with the Chat Noir, the famous cabaret opened in the Montmartre district of Paris by Rodolphe Salis in 1881. While still a teenager, Rivière edited and contributed to the Chat Noir’s weekly…

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The making of the Nuremberg Chronicle, a biblical-based world history issued in 1493 by the Nuremberg publisher Anton Koberger, was, like the production of most books at the end of the fifteenth century, a highly collaborative affair. With funding…

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From the little information available regarding the early life of Simon Frisius we can gather that he began his career as an engraver of calligraphy, working in Paris just before the turn of the seventeenth century for French engrosser Guillaume Le…

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Prior to settling in Rome, where his reputation as one of the most important printmakers of the Renaissance was won through the many reproductive engravings he made after designs by Raphael, Bolognese-born Marcantonio practiced for several years in…

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Although most biographies of Sebald Beham propose that he apprenticed with Albrecht Dürer, ostensibly between circa 1515 and 1520, no documentary evidence survives to confirm the association. The earliest mention of Beham in reliable accounts list…

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Born in the town of Mogliano Veneto, just north of Venice, Giovanni Battista Piranesi studied and became proficient in a variety of trades—engineering, architecture, stage design, and engraving—all before he reached his twentieth birthday. In…
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