Engraving

A print produced by a method in which lines are cut into a copper or metal plate with a cutting tool called an engraver or burin, leaving a tiny trench which is later filled with ink. It is these lines that show as the final image on the print. Ink is applied to the plate and a print is taken after the plate has been wiped to leave ink the engraved lines only. This term is also used generically to cover all methods of producing prints by the intaglio process.

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The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators, 1605, by Crispijn de Passe the Elder, circa 1605 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators, 1605
by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
circa 1605
NPG 334a

John Smith, by Simon de Passe, 1616 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Smith
by Simon de Passe
1616
NPG 4594

William Shakespeare, by Martin Droeshout, 1632 or 1663-1664 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Shakespeare
by Martin Droeshout
1632 or 1663-1664
NPG 185

George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, by David Loggan, 1661 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle
by David Loggan
1661
NPG 833

Boadicea Haranguing the Britons (called Boudicca or Boadicea), by William Sharp, after  John Opie, published 1793 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Boadicea Haranguing the Britons (called Boudicca or Boadicea)
by William Sharp, after John Opie
published 1793
NPG D11080

King Charles I and his Supporters, by Joseph Nutting, early 18th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Charles I and his Supporters
by Joseph Nutting
early 18th century
NPG D10634

King James II, by John Chapman, published by  John Wilkes, published 1 July 1804 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King James II
by John Chapman, published by John Wilkes
published 1 July 1804
NPG D10648

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; Leopold I, King of the Belgians, by William Thomas Fry, after  George Dawe, (1817) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; Leopold I, King of the Belgians
by William Thomas Fry, after George Dawe
(1817)
NPG 1530

Duleep Singh, by D.J. Pound, after  John Jabez Edwin Mayall, 1854 or after - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Duleep Singh
by D.J. Pound, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
1854 or after
NPG D10941

Engraving after

Engraving after 'The Coalition Ministry, 1854'
by William Walker, after Sir John Gilbert
1857
NPG 1125a

Stanley Arthur Charles Anderson, by Stanley Arthur Charles Anderson, 1933 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Stanley Arthur Charles Anderson
by Stanley Arthur Charles Anderson
1933
NPG 6057

Stanley Lawrence, by Anne Jope, 1980 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Stanley Lawrence
by Anne Jope
1980
NPG D5028

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