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Sir Frank Short

c. 1904



Knaresborough (after a watercolor by Peter De Wint, 1784-1849). c. 1904. Mezzotint. Hardie catalog 80 state ii. 7 7/16 x 11 3/8 (sheet 13 3/8 x 18). A very rich impression, printed on warm chine affixed to a cream wove paper support sheet, as issued. Signed in pencil. Housed in a 16 x 20-inch archival mat, suitable for framing. The main tower of Knaresborough Castle stands high on a cliff overlooking the River Nidd, in North Yorkshire. Sir Francis Job "Frank" Short PPRE (19 June 1857 – 22 April 1945) was a British printmaker and teacher of printmaking. He revived the practices of mezzotint and pure aquatint, while expanding the expressive power of line in drypoint etching and engraving. Short also wrote about printmaking to educate a wider public and was President of the Royal Society of Painter Etcher & Engavers (now styled the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers) from 1910 to 1938. Short was elected to the Royal Academy in 1911, the same year he was knighted, and served as the R.A.'s Treasurer from 1919-1932. He was also President of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Head of the Engraving School of the Royal College of Art, where he taught from 1891-1924.


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