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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 334a

John Smith
by Simon de Passe
NPG 4594

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

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
based on a work of 1817
NPG 1530

Maharaja Duleep Singh
by Daniel John Pound, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
1854 or after
NPG D10941

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

Stanley Anderson
by Stanley Anderson
NPG 6057

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Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

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