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The earliest copyist engraver who had worked after Mantegna's pen drawing had simply copied the lines that Mantegna made with his pen.

Mantegna made his drawing before it was copied. Then why is had used with the copyist and not with Mantegna in the above sentence?

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Had can be used in sentences, meaning past tense.

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The earliest copyist engraver who had worked after Mantegna's pen drawing had simply copied the lines that Mantegna made with his pen.

The meaning of this sentence, tells us, when he did it. We can verify that this was done in past tense. Therefore, this is possible that he could've done his drawing before it was copied. He must've either done an outline of the sketch, copied it, then traced it by using Mantegna's pen.

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  • The earliest copyist engraver who worked after Mantegna's pen drawing simply copied the lines that Mantegna had made with his pen. where the meaning of this sentence differs from the sentence I quoted above. – Arkaprava Bose Oct 13 '17 at 4:12

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