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Rhino

Rhino

Samuel Howitt made this rhino etching in 1812. You can see that it is an Indian rhino, from its overlapping folds of skin and single horn. 

To make an etching, the artist coats a metal plate with something like beeswax, and draws a picture on this ‘ground’ with a sharp tool. The plate is placed in acid, which eats away all the unwaxed parts of the picture. The plate is then inked and the picture is stamped onto paper using a printing press.

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