Portrait of Michael Faraday
William Holl, the Younger after George Richmond
This is an engraving of a portrait of Michael Faraday, a self-trained scientist whose efforts and discoveries were the foundation of makes it possible for you to read this text and view this image today. The image is of an engraving which was done after a charcoal and chalk drawing of the subject. It serves as a nice contrast to the image I added of the charcoal drawing by MacMonnies. While the MacMonnies drawing creates a sense of mood and heaviness by capturing the light and value-range that the charcoal creates, this engraving captures an intensity in the subject with tight lines and dots. I believe the intensity comes from the eyes, the crispness and focus of the subject's left eye, and the furrow of the brow.
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