British engraver in various techniques, born at Wollaston, Worcestershire. He was the son of an engineer and trained to follow his father's profession; his scientific background gave him a deep understanding of materials, and he made his own tools and invented new ones. He once stated, ‘An artist must be a workman; and an artist afterwards, if it please God.’ His main artistic training was at the Royal College of Art. Short revived aquatint and mezzotint as both creative and reproductive media, and his etchings were praised by Whistler, who often visited Short's studio for advice on technical matters. From 1891 to 1924 he taught at the Royal College of Art.
From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.