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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 D11576

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

Thomas Worlidge
by Thomas Worlidge
1754
NPG D4691

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 D19527

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

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