1888 Autograph Letter Signed by Francis Job Short, English Engraver.

Friendly letter about etchings and mentioning his book On the Making of Etchings

Friendly letter, over two full pages from Francis Job Short, about etchings thanking the recipient (a “Mr. White”) for the gift of a book and promising to send a technical book with his own etchings that is “now in the press.”

Sir Francis Job “Frank” Short (1857–1945) was an English watercolorist, engraver, and printmaker. The book he promises to send is On the Making of Etchings, published that same year. Short is most noted for his mezzotints after paintings by artists J.M.W. Turner and by George Frederick Watts. Short was in charge of the Engraving School at the Royal College of Art in London and, in 1885, was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. In 1889, he received gold medal for engraving at the Paris International Exhibition.

Per ODNB: “Convinced that the wider public, as well as art students, would benefit from a deeper understanding of printmaking, Short published books on the subject: On the Making of Etchings (1888) [see above], Etchings and Engravings: What they Are and Are Not (1911), and British Mezzotints (1925). In addition he served on the committee which arranged the Loan Exhibition of British Engraving and Etching held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1903. Having helped select prints from the museum’s collections for the exhibition, Short successfully argued for the inclusion of relevant tools and materials which would illustrate the various processes of printmaking. With the help of Constance Mary Pott, one of his assistant teachers, he arranged an exhibit that incorporated etching and engraving tools, explanatory plates in various states of completion, a ruling machine, a steel-facing tank, and a copperplate printing press; he also prepared several pages of technical notes which were published in the exhibition catalogue. When the exhibition closed the collection of tools and materials was retained as a permanent feature of the museum, perhaps the first of its kind in the world.”

Description: 1888 Autograph Letter Signed by Francis Job Short, English Engraver.

[London]. June 24, 1888. [2]pp. A.L.S.  8vo. Transmittal fold; near fine.


Ref. ODNB.

Price: $50.00

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