Drypoint

Printing method similar to engraving, but where a special needle of toughened steel or steel tipped with a diamond head is used to cut a design onto a metal plate. The plate is then inked and a print taken. The softer edged picture so produced is due to the ridge or burr left on each side of the cut, which catches the ink and comes out on the print.

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William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper, by and published by John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, 1707 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper
by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
1707
NPG D11576

Thomas Parr, by George Powle, after  Sir Peter Paul Rubens, late 18th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Parr
by George Powle, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
late 18th century
NPG D5468

Thomas Worlidge, by Thomas Worlidge, 1754 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Worlidge
by Thomas Worlidge
1754
NPG D4691

Sir William Richard Drake, by Elizabeth Armstrong, after  Thomas Cooper Gotch,  - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir William Richard Drake
by Elizabeth Armstrong, after Thomas Cooper Gotch
NPG D8462

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, by Georges Labadie Pilotell, published 1878 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield
by Georges Labadie Pilotell
published 1878
NPG D19527

Cecil Gordon Lawson, by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1882 or after (1877) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Cecil Gordon Lawson
by Sir Hubert von Herkomer
1882 or after (1877)
NPG D9829

Randolph Schwabe, by Francis Dodd, 1916 - NPG  - © estate of Francis Dodd

Randolph Schwabe
by Francis Dodd
1916
NPG D17834

Charles Cundall, by Francis Dodd, 1926 - NPG  - © estate of Francis Dodd

Charles Cundall
by Francis Dodd
1926
NPG D17836

Frank Short, by Malcolm Osborne, 1931 - NPG  - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Frank Short
by Malcolm Osborne
1931
NPG D31764

Tomás Harris, by Tomás Harris, 1951 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Tomás Harris
by Tomás Harris
1951
NPG 6128

Peter Coker, by Peter Coker, 1970 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Peter Coker
by Peter Coker
1970
NPG D17839

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