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Cheaper by the dozen, graphics once were not considered refined enough to be one of the fine arts. With the coming of this century, they were generally a means to make posters, illustrations and other hoi polloi images. Most serious artists would scoff at making them in preference to oils. People did buy "collector's prints," fussily perfect etchings of architecture and landscapes that reflected more a mania for the historic past than for the present scene. But that was no more serious than collecting cut...

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