Linton- Life in the Collections
57) La Gravure sur bois au XIXe Siècle. L´age du bois debout.
Blanchon criticises the chauvinistic approaches of former French histories of xylography and acknowledges the pioneering role of British wood engravers such as Charles Thompson, a disciple of Robert Branston, who introduced Thomas Bewick’s new mode of graphic reproduction to Paris engravers in 1823. Blachon mentions William James Linton as one of the leading practitioners and theorists of the profession and expresses his surprise about the fact that his histories of wood engraving are nowhere to be found in any French library.