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Pietro Arentino, Line engraving.  Source:  Wiki Commons

Pietro Arentino, Line engraving. Source: Wiki Commons

“The art of pure line engraving is dying out.  We live at too fast a rate to allow for the preparation of such plates as our fathers appreciated.  If a picture catches the public fancy, the public must have an etched or a photogravure copy of it within a month or two of its appearance.  The days when engravers were wont to spend two or three years over a single place are for ever gone.” – Journal of the Institute of Jamaica, Volume 1, 1892

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