Pen and ink became a more widely used art form with the advent of photomechanical printing processes in the last half of the nineteenth century. The black and white line drawing was well-suited for reproduction by these methods and became a popular medium for newspaper illustrations & advertisements. Using the simplest of tools, an artist could create a harmonious decorative effect between an image and line of type, which could then be cheaply and directly printed. The inherent skill in this means of expression was one of economy, each stroke having its use and value. Whereas it had been previously reduced to sketch-work, pen and ink quickly rose to the status of fine art as the Modern Art movement also began to take shape. The works featured in this exhibit represent the styles, artists and themes that characterized pen and ink drawing during the early Modern period. Planned in conjunction with the Library’s annual Comic Con event, select illustrations will be featured in the “Adult Coloring Gallery” and available to download here.