A print produced by a tonal rather than linear engraving process. It was a popular eighteenth century method of printing used to produce effects of light and shade. A copper or steel plate is worked all over with a curved, serrated tool called a rocker, making a burr over the surface to hold the ink that will print as a soft dark tone. The design is then created in lighter tones by scraping and burnishing areas of the roughened plate so that they hold less ink, or none in highlights.
Detail from the Sistine Madonna
by William Say, after Raphael (Raffaello Santi)
circa 1803-1834 (circa 1512-1514)
Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange
by William Faithorne Jr, after Adriaen Hanneman
circa 1680 (1660)
by George White, sold by Edward Dilly, and sold by Charles Dilly
by Charles Turner, after James Gillray
circa 1819 (circa 1800)
by William Say, after Henri Jean-Baptiste Victoire Fradelle
The Bridal Morn (Queen Victoria; Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha)
by Samuel William Reynolds Jr, published by John William Laird, after Frederick William Lock
published 1844 (circa 1840-1841)
Conference of Engineers at the Menai Straits Preparatory to Floating one of the Tubes of the Britannia Bridge
by James Scott, published by Henry Graves & Co, after John Lucas
published 25 January 1858
Fictitious portrait called Lady Jane Grey
by George Dawe, after John Graham
by Frank Short, after John Singer Sargent
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