Melton prior Institut


Linton- Life in the Collections

William M. Ivins:

21) How Prints Look. Photographs with A Commentary.

New York 1943

Ivins was the founder of the Prints Department at the Metropolitan Art Museum and the first theorist of printing techniques as a means of communication and knowledge, a precursor of media theorists such as Marshall McLuhan. In this commented picture book, he compares the different modes of xylography by showing extremely magnified details of works of the most distinguished artist-engravers and comes to the conclusion: “Of all the virtuoso wood engravers W.J. Linton was perhaps the most brilliant and expressive in his use of the engraving tool, as well as the freest and least subject to any established routine of linear system.”



S.Croxall - L. Clennell


T. Bewick - W. Harvey - T. Bolton


H. Wolf - T. Cole


T. Cole - W. J. Linton