American painter and etcher W.H. Wallace (William Henry Wallace) was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1838. His works include topographical views painted in watercolor and etchings made from his drawings. Wallace’s subject matter depicts seaside towns with figures performing various tasks in and around a dock. Etching is a printmaking process that uses chemicals to engrave linework into a plate made of iron, copper, or zinc. A single etched plate can produce multiple prints, allowing an artist to reach many different tones and minute detail. Wallace died in 1929.