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Pennell, Joseph

Etchers and etching. Chapters in the history of the art together with technical explanations of modern artistic methods.

London, T. Fisher Unwin 1920.

Reference: 7558
Price: £130 [convert currency]

Full Description

Folio. xviii+367+(1)pp, incl. many full-page engr text ills, plus (6)pp publisher’s adverts. Publisher’s cloth, lower cover marked. Repairs to tears to 1 text leaf & 1 blank leaf. Roderick Gradidge’s copy.

A well-produced guide to the art of etching, intended for students and collectors, with examples of the work of, and notes on, the better-known etchers and their methods (Dürer, Rembrandt, Whistler, Goya and others) followed by practical advice on the etching and printing processes, and on issues for collectors, such as exhibiting and cataloguing. Pennell (1857-1926) was himself a successful illustrator, and uses examples of his own work (which he felt to be “considerably better… than most prints which are being made to-day”) to illustrate certain techniques. Whistler, whose etchings appear frequently in the book, was a close friend.