In July 1814, Strickland returned to line engraving
opposite of page one to record an event that must have caused a sensation in Philadelphia.
Inscriptions on stamps, their denominations, variety of paper or other material used, typography, methods of printing such as lithography, line engraving
, photogravure, intaglio and offset, and pictorial design, all make for interesting narratives.
With one just one sentence to each page, the author covers childhood, education, parents, adulthood, romance, children, and old age, each page carrying a copy of a woodcut or line engraving
drawn from a range of historic illustrated texts, each one chosen to be a witty exaggeration of the text line which can be quite outlandish itself, eg 'An active student, 'he writes, ' I was on the school rowing team' includes a line engraving
of a crowded Viking ship.
A line engraving
of an ibex -a type of deer -resembles a similar style of cave art found at the world-famous Lascaux and Chauvet sites in France and Altamira in Spain.
Another black-and-white look will be offered by PTS America, which is going to Gourmet with a Slice of Life, an eclectic assembly of American-themed images done in black line engraving
The image is very likely inspired by Revenge Taken by the Black Army, a line engraving
A line engraving
of a man in bed suffering from syphilis, amidst a busy domestic scene circa 1600
I think the same is true of Paley's close reading of the late print he names "[??] & his two Sons Satan & Adam," a line engraving
of the "Laocoon" statuary group with a tangle of textual inscriptions surrounding its central image.