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Building a National Collection
150 Years of Print Collecting at the Smithsonian

Raffaello Schiaminossi, 1529-1622
Sibylla Hellespontica
Engraving, 1609; printed 18th century?
John Cranch Collection
Gift of Charlotte D. Cranch, 1896

Many of the prints Cranch purchased in Italy were issued in the 17th and 18th centuries from plates engraved a century or more before. To meet the continuing demand for these images, publishers reworked and printed old plates.

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