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“A Mezzotint in Every Number”

“A Mezzotint in Every Number”

Battling For Embellishers, Battling Over Art

Chapter:
(p.142) 7 “A Mezzotint in Every Number”
Source:
Art for the Middle Classes
Author(s):
Cynthia Lee Patterson
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604737363.003.0007

This chapter examines competition between the magazines Godey’s Lady’s Book, Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine, Peterson’s Magazine, and Sartain’s Union Magazine, in securing engravers. Both magazines Godey’s and Graham’s vied for the services of a well-known line engraver William E. Tucker. This ended with victory for Godey’s magazine. Peterson’s stayed away from conflict and relied heavily in its resident engraver, Jacob D. Gross, a pupil of the mezzotint engraving pioneer John Sartain. The chapter notes that Sartain’s competed heavily against Godey’s in securing engravers, with the former using John Sartain’s connections with his fellow engravers and the latter using its vast funds to attract talent.

Keywords:   engravers, mezzotint engraving, Godey’s Lady’s Book, Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine, Peterson’s Magazine, and Sartain’s Union Magazine, John Sartain

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