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To learn more about the engraver of the 17th-century head-piece pictured to the left, see the IN BRIEF biography for Wenceslaus Hollar.

“The characteristic of mezzotinto is softness, which adapts it chiefly to portrait or history, with a few figures; and these not too small. Nothing except paint can express flesh more naturally, or the flowing of hair, or the folds of drapery, or the catching lights of armour.”
   To view the mezzotint portrait, by John Simon, of “Thomas Britton the famous Musical Smal-coale Man,” see his IN BRIEF biography.

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17th-century head-piece showing six boys with farm tools, by Wenceslaus Hollar

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