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Battle of Toulon ‘Medal’, 1744

25 May 2017

    It’s not often that you come across a medal that’s been created to mark a notable military defeat. This copper token was struck to commemorate the Battle...

The costs and profitability of satirical print production

9 May 2017

  View of an intaglio printer’s workshop during the early years of the nineteenth-century. The technology and process of printing from copper changed remarkably little during...

Printing for an original eighteenth-century plate

3 May 2017

Some readers may remember this post from January 2016, in which I gave a potted history of the career of the copperplate-maker Benjamin Whittow (fl.1750 -1805). Whittow was one...

Advice to the Officers of the British Army, 1783

28 April 2017

This anonymous caricature etching was included as a fold-out frontispiece to Advice to the Officers of the British Army. With some Hints to the Drummer and Private Soldier,...