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        Frontispiece of Johannes Gutenberg from 'A Concise History of the Origin and Progress of Printing' by Philip Luckombe, published 1770

        English School, (18th century). Medium: engraving. Date: 1770. Very little is known about the printing press pioneer Johannes Gutenberg (c.1398-1468) although he is normally depicted sporting a beard; No representations of Gutenberg from life are known and there is in fact contemporary evidence to suggest that he had no beard at all, as he is shown here; Philip Luckombe (c.1730-1803); Provenance: Private Collection.

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