Old English Masters

Old English Masters

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Old English Masters

Old English Masters

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It is now many years since Timothy Cole began his series of wood-engravings after the old masters of painting. His first essay was in the field of Italian art. After engraving nearly seventy of the great Italian pictures, he turned his attention to the Dutchmen and Flemings at Amsterdam and Antwerp. How successfully he translated the art of the Netherlands is shown in the thirty engravings after Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, and others, which make up the second volume of the series. When he had finished with the Dutchmen, Mr. Cole crossed the Channel to undertake the eighteenth-century painters of England. Since 1894 he has been constantly engaged in cutting blocks after the famous portraits of Reynolds, Gainsborough, Romney, and others and the landscapes of Turner, Constable, and their contemporaries. The present volume contains some forty-eight examples of his work, and represents the more prominent of the older painters of Great Britain, from Hogarth to Landseer.

The series, in which this is the third volume, cannot be regarded as other than monumental. No such translation of old pictures has ever been attempted heretofore; and it is safe to say that no similar translation will ever be attempted hereafter. It is doubtful if there is a living engraver on wood, save Mr. Cole, equal to the task. The value of his work -- the value of wood-engraving itself -- is in no way lessened by the existence of photographic processes of reproduction. That the public is willing to accept a photograph, or that it puts up with the infirmities of the half-tone, is no argument against the wood-engraving. There has yet to be de-

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