Brandywine River Museum
Chadds Ford, PA
Diversity of Line: Works in Pen and Ink from the Collection
Rockwell Kent, Untitled, 1926, pen and ink, from the Jane C. Wilcox Collection
Diversity of Line presents a rare opportunity to rediscover the art of pen draftsmanship as practiced in the 19th and 20th centuries. Although the history of graphic art is long, high quality reproduction of pen drawings has a relatively brief history. Most drawings in the 19th century were reproduced by wood engraving, a labor-intensive and usually low-quality method of printing. In the 1880s, however, a photoengraving process developed which could reproduce complex variations of line and shading. Artists whose previous works were engraved on wood could now see their drawings faithfully reproduced in tone and texture.
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