Sunset by the Coast

Sunset by the Coast
William Fowler Hopson, ca. 1900
monotype and ink, 12.1 x 24.8 cm
(4 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.), Smithsonian American Art Museum

Hopson Biography

William Fowler Hopson, a professional engraver and bookplate designer who lived in New Haven, Connecticut, appears to have turned to the monotype because of the medium's personal, expressive qualities of line and tone: "The personality of an engraver consists not in rendering accurately the drawing and tones of the picture before him, but in the character of the lines which he weaves into his plate of block. As individuality of technique goes beyond mere production, however skillful, so does sweetness of line and atmospheric feeling far transcend individuality." In his monotypes Hopson gave free reign to his romantic longing for individuality and atmosphere.

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