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lithography, the power of producing on stone, by liquid washes with the brush, tints that will yield impressions, has at length been attained. This important extensions of the capabili- ties of lithography is owing to the ingenuity and perseverance of Mr. IIeLiztaszont., whose previous improvements had given an entirely new character to the art This last invention, however, solves a pro- blem that, like the squaring of' the circle in geometry, was deemed im- practicable, and had been abandoned as hopeless indeed it is the most important discovery connected with the reproductive arts since that of lithography itself: It places in the hands of the painter a meaus of multiplying his original sketches in the same way that he produeed them on the paper, without changiug or fettering his mode of hand- ling ; the brush and liquid ink being applied to the stone, just the same as in washes of sepia. Every variety of tint and texture may be pro- duced on the stone, with the addition of touchc:=. of chalk or ink outline, if required ; and in the impression the tints appear at once solid and luminous, rich and sharp. It is suitable to the 'nest free and r; mid style, as well as the most neat and careful ; and delicate as are the gradations and pure the quality of the tints, they are nevertheless hardy and firm, susceptible of modulation and after- touches, and bear the print- ing process well.

These characteristics, and one more beau:iful than all—namely, tone—are exemplified in souse trials of the new material made by Mr.

HA ; wino is in raptures with the fiscility and power of' the means and the certainty and beautiful effect of' the result : indeed, every artist who has seen a specimen of brush-tinting, is struck with its marvellous qualities, and the celerity and daring manner of working. By the stamping process, the appearance of sepia drawing was itnitatei, but whit a different material ; here the like effects are produced by the same means : in a word, what lithography has hitherto beeu to the draughtsman, it is now become to the painter. Mr. HeLLMANDEL has taken out a pnuent for his invention, and sscci-

mens of the new style will soon be made public ; when, we Ivry:tin from further remarks. .