A technical dictionary of printmaking, André
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Division of labour
Division of labour occurs when the various steps of printmaking (drawing, engraving,
preparing the plate for impression, and printing) are done by different people in
order to speed up the process or in order to achieve better results. The division of
labour system foreshadowed modern methods of increasing rationality. Actually
division of labour was practiced very early in studios that had line engravers,
colouring personnel, and printers. In the 19th century wood engraving very much
encouraged this way of working.
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