Exhibition of Prints at Washington

Helen Wright
1906 Brush and Pencil  
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more » ... out Early Journal Content at http://about.jstor.org/participate--jstor/individuals/early-journal--content. JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary source objects. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not--for--profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. i8 BRUSH AND PENCIL EXHIBITIONS OF PRINTS AT WASHINGTON 2 1 students and collectors of prints, that charmed circle who really know and understand these things, the technique, color, line, gradations of shading, background, state, are the important things to be considered. But the average visitor is interested, first in the personnel of the portrait, then in the artist, and last of all the engraver. The portraits tell whole pages of history, art, letters and romance, and one finds Queen Elizabeth, Melanch thon, Calvin, Mary Queen of Scots, Charles I., Rembrandt's mother, Ruben's wife, Inigo Jones, Van Goyen and his wife, Sir Christopher Wren, Samuel Johnson, Mrs. Siddons, the beautiful Lady Hamilton fascinating assemblage of beauties, diplomats, philanthropists, scientists, and soldiersto arouse interest and stimulate a revival of one's acquaint ance with their struggles, triumphs, achievements, disappointments. and tragedies. The portraits are chronologically arranged by the engraver, which brings Prince Rupert's " Head of the Executioner"-who was the execution er of Herod's court and beheaded John the Baptistthe earliest. Then , and many others. The English engravers predominate, since they excelled in this particular method which lends itself with such special charm to portraits. * There are seven ty-five portraits after Sir Johsua Reynolds, who said that of all methods of reproduction mezzotinting was the best calculated to produce a " painter like feeling," because of the richness of light and shade, and as his own mediums were not of the most enduring quality, many of his most charming portraits have thus been preserved to us. The collection shows Sir Peter Lely's portrait, painted by himself and engraved by Isaac Becket, the found er, with his brother William, of the school of engraving. John Smith's portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller engraved by himself shows him with a mez zotint of Kneller in his hand, and is thus a double portrait of painter and engraver. The Southwest Pavilion contains a fine collection of Duirer's etchings, and in the long gallery beyond are the new cases containing, on the left, a series of facsimiles of prints in the Berlin museum presented by the Ger man Government; on the right the collection of restrikes from the orginal plates in the Chalcographie du Louvre, presented by the French Govern ment, the latter showing exquisite engravings of the great pictures of all schools and masters, Fra Angelico, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Van Dyke, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Correggio. They are engraved by the French engravers who worked since the lattei part of the seventeenth cen tury-Picart, Masson, Edelinck, Adran, Desnoyers, Massard, Langier, Veyrassat, etc, etc. The Library has also lately exhibited some artistic books-bindings loaned by Cedric Chivers, of Bath, England. Levant, morocco, and other
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