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All Done with a Single Stroke of the Pen

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This was an ink drawing published in the 1881 book Real Pen Work / Self Instructor in Penmanship (Knowles and Maxim, Pittsfield, Mass.).  Why the copyright date on the print is 1884, I can't explain.  According to one source, the artist was "expert penman" and co-publisher Alden Knowles
(http://paintalicious.org/2007/11/20/all-done-with-a-single-stroke-of-the-pen/).

You can download pages from this book including illustrations here:

http://www.iampeth.com/books/real_penwork/real_pen_work_index.html

This illustration is on page 42:

http://www.iampeth.com/books/real_penwork/real_pen_work_page42.html
(1754 x 1276, 558 KB)

Some doubt that is was literally created with a "single stroke", but that a single line comprised of multiple strokes is more likely.  One reason for the doubts is that "The ball point wasn’t patented until 1889..."  Another reference reads "In the 1870s, L.E. Waterman developed his famous three-channel feed, which provided smooth, controlled flow of ink during writing, and made the portable pen a practical reality."

In any case, it's an incredible work of art!


User Comments:

Cheezking - Dec 9, 2010 10:39:19 — The ultimate one liner was inspired by God. Funny thing is, it was`nt a joke! but a work of art!
Jonas - Dec 9, 2010 10:49:32 — I'm convinced that God placed some people on this planet specifically for the purpose of creating art. Michelangelo is probably the best example (he once said "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free"). Albrecht Durer is another...he must've been OCD. Maybe Knowles ...more
Ernest Zenone, Sr. - Apr 19, 2013 09:46:39 — I believe all gifts are from God. My 2 brothers had no formal training at all and were amazing artists in all mediums. Both became free lance artists and one brother, Carmen, worked for Lit Brothers and John Wanamaker's in Philadelphia in advertising art. I also love to draw (pencil) and my oldest ...more
Jonas - Apr 20, 2013 01:56:36 — "...all gifts are from God."  No doubt.  Looking at something like Michelangelo's "David", how can one argue with that.  There are so many incredibly talented artists that go unnoticed.  Thanks for sharing, Ernest Zenone, Sr.

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