Wood engraving

A print produced in a similar way to a woodcut. The main difference between the two techniques is in the block itself and in the finer results that are produced. Woodcuts are cut along the grain, in wood engraving a hard wood is cut across the grain. On this smooth, very hard, and grainless surface sharp tools can cut very fine furrows, each of which prints as a fine white line.

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Probably John Knox, after Vaensoun, published 1581 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Probably John Knox
after Vaensoun
published 1581
NPG D18555

The Emperor Maximilian studying the Science of Music, by Hans Burgkmair, possibly 16th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Emperor Maximilian studying the Science of Music
by Hans Burgkmair
possibly 16th century
NPG D24117

King Charles II, after Unknown artist, 1660-1685 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Charles II
after Unknown artist
1660-1685
NPG D18472

Sir Edwin Chadwick, after Unknown artist, published 1848 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Edwin Chadwick
after Unknown artist
published 1848
NPG D2037

Edward Jenner, published by Illustrated London News, after  M.E. Paul, published 30 September 1865 (11 September 1865) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Edward Jenner
published by Illustrated London News, after M.E. Paul
published 30 September 1865 (11 September 1865)
NPG D9007

Augusta Webster (nee Davies), after Ferrando, published 1882 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Augusta Webster (nee Davies)
after Ferrando
published 1882
NPG D13818

Sarah Bernhardt, by Frederic Florian, or by  Ernest Florian, after  Jan Marie Constantin van Beers, probably 1890s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sarah Bernhardt
by Frederic Florian, or by Ernest Florian, after Jan Marie Constantin van Beers
probably 1890s
NPG D1062

Eric Gill, by Eric Gill, 1927 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Eric Gill
by Eric Gill
1927
NPG D2774

Gertrude Hermes, by Gertrude Hermes, 1949 - NPG  - © Simon Hughes-Stanton & Judith Russell

Gertrude Hermes
by Gertrude Hermes
1949
NPG 6002

Albert Charles Garrett, by Albert Charles Garrett, 1976 - NPG  - © the estate of Albert Garrett / National Portrait Gallery, London

Albert Charles Garrett
by Albert Charles Garrett
1976
NPG D16756

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

Stanley Lawrence
by Anne Jope
1980
NPG D5028

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