Round about the Round-O 1880. Arbroath's yesteryear in print
 

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THE ENGRAVINGS
The complete series of drawings by John Adam were reproduced by the Parisian engraver:

Amand Durand
(1831-1905)


Amand Durand was born in Paris France, in 1831, and early on in his career became known as a well respected Master Engraver.

He had a deep admiration for the Old Masters from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, especially their etchings and engravings which he noted through the ravages of time had faded and were no longer producing quality impressions.

Inspired by Rembrandt

Durand comprehensively researched many public and private collections displaying the Old Masters' engravings and realised that many of the images would eventually fade completely. He especially admired the works of Rembrandt and scrutinised his plates and techniques. Rembrandt's engravings were created in the 1600's, but by the mid 1800's the original plates were worn and in a defective condition. Durand dedicated the major part of his life to recreating in exact detail Rembrandt's surviving engravings thus preserving the quality of the images for future generations. These newly created plates came to be called 'Amand Durand's after Rembrandt.'

In order to form exact reproductions he used as his guide, not the worn and flat copper plates, but the 1st and 2nd state engravings of the original works.

Durand's reproductions were so well respected major collectors throughout Europe sought to acquire them, including the French Biblioteque Nationale and the Louvre Museum in Paris.


Amand Durand died in 1905
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The Van Gogh brothers

In 1895 brother and manager of the then infamous Vincent Van Gogh, Theo Van Gogh, was so impressed with the works of Durand that he sought him out to spend an evening with him at his home.

Theo was so moved with Durand's intellect and artistic abilities that he promptly wrote a letter of acclamation to Vincent expressing his approval of the Master Engraver.

The Van Gogh brothers were not the only ones who recognised the abilities of Amand Durand throughout his impressive career
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Buncle

In like manner, before the Van Gogh brothers, in 1880 Thomas Buncle proprietor of the Arbroath printing company T. Buncle & Co. Ltd. sought out the talents of Amand Durand in order to recreate the fine drawings of Arbroath artist John Adam as exquisite and detailed engravings.

These were then bound with a variety of local poems and verse into the impressive printed volume 'Round About the Round O with its Poets', published in 1883
.

A series of quality giclée reproductions of these engravings, enhanced with narrative from the same period, have now been published and made available by the Artists of Scotland Fine Art Publishing Company.
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