The Art of Etching Author:E.S. Lumsden This is the first inexpensive republication of probably the finest work on the techniques of etching, drypoint, soft-ground etching, aquatint, and the allied arts. Lumsden the renowned etcher, Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy, and the author of the article on etching technique in the Encyclopaedia Britannica (14th ed.) was unsurpassed in... more » his knowledge of the methods and the background of the art. His work is invaluable for the absolute beginner as well as for the more advanced etchers, who will find it a matcheless survey of various techniques and a major sourcebook for the history of their art.
Prof. Lumsden carefully and clearly explains each step in the creation of an etching, from essential materials to completed proof. 55 figures in the text illustrate each implement and each phase in the process, while 24 annotated plates of etchings by the author exemplify every technique and approach that he discusses. Well acquainted with all the beginner's problems, the auhtor shows you how to prepare etchings at home in the most economical way. He includes many different choices of methods and a great variety of recipes and formulas, some dating from medieveal times, and many virtually unobtainable elsewhere. His discussion covers groudns and grounding the plate; points, scrapers, burnishers, and gravers; mordants; plan of an etching room; methods of biting; printing; mistakes and their remedy; transferring; aquatint, drypoint, and mezzotint; flattening and mounting; retorin; and every other aspect of etching.
This book also features a rich historical survey of the art, illustrated by 105 annotated plates, and containing a full description of each artist's oeuvre and techniques. Fullest coverage is given to the central position of Rembrandt (27 plates) and Goya (8 plates), but such men as Callot, Piranesi, Durer, Leyden, Hogarth, Blake, Whistler, and 35 others are also included. The book's concluding section, with 24 plates, in which 14 modern etchers such as Augustus John and Laura Knight discuss theri personal preferences in methdos and materials, is invaluable for beginner and advanced etcher alike.« less