History Undusted: Quote, Unquote

Line engraving of The Griffin - William Hawkins's ship during the Armada Campaign, Engraved by C. J. Visscher, 18th Century

The Griffin – Line Engraving by C.J. Visscher, 18th C.

“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 plate are forever gone.”

Journal of the Institute of Jamaica, Volume 1, 1892

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3 responses to “History Undusted: Quote, Unquote

  1. We need to be reminded that life once went at a slow pace and appreciation was long-lasting.

  2. This quote also reminds me that every generation thought their times were speeding up! Can you imagine what they’d think if they knew of digital photos, Skype and global messaging? We get ancy if communication around the globe takes longer than a second to connect!

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