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Stephen P. Rice
Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah, NJ 07430-1623)
Picture Nation: Commercial Wood Engraving in Nineteenth-Century America

“Picture Nation” will trace the rise and fall of commercial wood engraving in America from the 1820’s, when artisans trained in the craft were first able to make a living by producing illustrations for books and magazines, through the 1890’s, when publishers began to favor “half-tone” images that were easily and inexpensively made using a new photographic process. The study will join art historical questions about subject, style, artistic achievement, and critical reception with social historical questions about work, commerce, and industrial change.

Project fields:
American Studies

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2005 – 7/31/2005