American Graphic Art

American Graphic Art

American Graphic Art

American Graphic Art

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He first strong impulse toward the practice of painter-etching came with the founding of the New York Etching Club in 1877. There was a preliminary period of preparation, marked by the efforts of Falconer, Cole, Warren and Forbes.

In the eighteenth century, Joseph Wright's portrait of Washington (1790) was probably the first etching executed by a painter. This profile was evidently copied in the one by Joseph Hiller Jr. (1794), described by Charles H. Hart, who saw four impressions on the backs of playing cards, and found the original plate. St. Memin etched two large views of New York City, and a business card for Peter Mourgeon, copper-plate printer from Paris . One may extract from Dunlap History of the Arts in the U. S., or Stauffer's work, or Ripley Hitchcock's little volume on Etching in America (1886), names such as that of Pigalle (1797), who did title-pages, John Rubens Smith, or Francis Kearny. Dunlap himself executed a frontispiece for a "dramatic trifle," published in 1797 or 1798 (a portrait of Wignell in the rôle of Darby). Printed directions for etching . . .

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