About The Artist:
Born in Syracuse, New York in 1887, Richard E. Bishop was a noted painter, etcher, and writer. He graduated from Cornell University and continued his studies at the Graphic Sketch Club in New York City, and with Ernest D. Roth. He resided in Mt. Airy on the outskirts of Philadelphia, PA for many years. Bishop was a member of the Philadelphia Print Club, the Chicago Society of Etchers, the Philadelphia Society of Etchers, the Society of American...
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About The Medium:
The printing process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio (incised) in the metal. In traditional pure etching, a metal (usually copper, zinc or steel) plate is covered with a waxy ground which is resistant to acid. The artist then scratches off the ground with a pointed etching needle where they want a line to appear in the finished piece, exposing the bare metal. The plate is then put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of paper (often moistened to soften it). The paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print.