Today in 1834, French Post-Impressionist Edgar Degas was born. The etching I include here is only the second soft-ground print he created, & is a portrait of his brother, Réné
De Gas (this being the original spelling of his family name, it's no wonder he altered it).
There is a connection to the sitter & freshness to the sensitivity of line that leads me to suspect that he drew directly (probably through washi) from life onto the grounded plate.
Made between the years of 1861-63, & is roughly 33 x 28" in size, large for an etching at that time. As there are only about 8 extant copies left today, this print, as one can imagine, is extremely valuable.