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Linton- Life in the Collections

Alphaeus Cole and Margaret Ward Cole:

20) Timothy Cole. Wood-Engraver.

Boston / New York 1935

Limited edition, hand signed by the authors.

The very witty and lively biography of the best known exponent of artificial photoxylography came predominantly from the pen of his son Alphaeus. He witnessed his father’s numerous quirky efforts of life reform and tried out his strange diets. Whereas his father died in 1931 at the age of seventy-two, Alphaeus would prove his father’s diets a full success by deceasing at the age of –112, verified as the world’s oldest living man. In chapter four, he gives an account of how the young engraver Cole had improved his style by “studying the works of the leading engravers of the day, especially those of the famous W.J. Linton.” Chapter six is about the famous conflict Cole against Linton.