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.
The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators, 1605
by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
by Simon de Passe
by Martin Droeshout
1632 or 1663-1664
George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle
by David Loggan
Boadicea Haranguing the Britons (called Boudicca (Boadicea))
by William Sharp, after John Opie
King Charles I and his Supporters
by Joseph Nutting
early 18th century
King James II
by John Chapman, published by John Wilkes
published 1 July 1804
Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales; Leopold I, King of the Belgians
by William Thomas Fry, after George Dawe
based on a work of 1817
Maharaja Duleep Singh
by Daniel John Pound, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
1854 or after
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