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Plate 1 for "Treatise on Etching"

Like many aspiring artists in nineteenth-century France, Maxime Lalanne moved to Paris, where he was able to work in the studio of an established history painter, and to exhibit at the public Salon. After meeting Alfred Cadart, he abandoned these goals in favor of etching. Lalanne became an active member of the Société des Aquafortistes and frequently contributed urban views to the group's albums. He was best known, however, for his Treatise on Etching, published in 1866. The text featured detailed instruction on each stage of production, from preparation of tools to printing techniques, in addition to more theoretical commentary on the ideal uses and distinct qualities of etching. Interspersed...
18.2 x 11.6cm
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