Paul Sandby (British, baptized 1731–1809)
Etching and aquatint printed in brown ink
8 3/8 x 11 3/4 in. (21.2 x 29.7 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1936 (36.8.30)
Sandby was already an experienced watercolorist and etcher when he began tinkering with Jean-Baptiste Le Prince's recipe for applying tonal areas to etchings with resin powder. But, instead of distributing the powder dry, he dissolved it in "rectified spirits of wine" so that it could be brushed on an etching plate like an ink wash, a process for which he coined the term aquatint.