It remains unclear how many of the pieces here were destined to become line engravings
, but the watercolours, seemingly so counterintuitive for the Inferno, offer a vividness and range of effects one can hardly imagine Blake wanting to abandon.
The man kissing the lady with the fan is an example of a line engraving
, dating to the late 19th century.
Mr Sharp was a landscape artist who worked in oil and watercolours and also made line engravings
with much of his work having been exhibited at the Royal Academy.
Some investigators, most notably Alexander Marshack of Harvard University, have studied line engravings
on bone and stone artifacts from Europe with a reflected-light stereoscopic microscope and conclude that some marks were notations, probably made by different people over time.
His unusual line engravings
influenced Raphael, Holbein, and Durer.