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» neither direct nor conclusive, 2



a continuation from neither direct nor conclusive.

not much can be done with this poor rendering of George Scharf’s lithograph of a fossilized Hybodus basanus, taken without permission from the b&w scan of a copy in the National Library of Scotland, in Gale/Cengage 19th Century UK Periodicals.

At lower left, the faint words “Hullmandel’s Patent Lithotint from Nature by G. Scharf.”

of George Johann Scharf (1788-1860), there’s wikipedia for a start, leading to much else. He worked for Darwin (before a falling out, over price) and for many others.

of Charles Joseph Hullmandel (1789-1850), quite a lot more, starting with a brief entry in wikipedia, which points to Michael Twyman’s fine entry on Hullmandel in the Oxford DNB. Twyman describes lithotint thus: “patented in 1840[,], this was a technically exacting process which allowed artists to work on stone with washes of diluted ink much as they could on paper.”

posted here for completeness’s sake.

The Family Tree of the Alphabet, Robert Zend via Coldfront

Identity Crisis by Brian Rea

A self portrait taken by scanning my head while shaking in frustration. 

Dark Recline, 2012

Site, 2013
original lithograph
» Inuit Tactile Maps



…wood was, and is, the most distinctive medium used by the Greenland Eskimos in mapmaking. Blocks are carved in relief to represent the rugged coastline of Greenland with its fjords, islands, nunataks and glaciers, the shapes of the various islands being linked together with rods. In order to reduce the size of the blocks, the outline of the coast is carried up one side and down the other.”

Leo Bagrow, History of Cartography 1951

Tactile maps for navigating the coast lines of Greenland produced by inuits. The following posts describe the history of these objects in much more detail:

UNI: MH3284

(via lookinginto)


Gerhard RichterAbstract Painting (910-6)2009Oil on Canvas76¾” x 55½” (195 x 140 cm)
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