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Source: Oxford University Press

Impression of a print taken from a plate or block, usually before the production of the regular edition. Traditionally, it was often done (as a ‘trial’) in order to see how the work was progressing. Sometimes the proof is corrected (‘touched’) by hand by the artist. Printed ‘proof’ editions of the finished state of the print, but before the addition of lettering or other details, are common from the 18th century.

Rupert Featherstone
From Grove Art Online

© 2009 Oxford University Press

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