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A reproduction made from a drawing or print by pressing it when damp against a blank sheet of paper; the image is therefore reversed left to right and is also fainter than the original. Counterproofs were often made for working purposes by designers of ornament who needed to have a copy of a design in reverse, or to complete a symmetrical design, and they have also been used to create forgeries of Old Master drawings.

Subjects: Art.


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