What is an Engraving?

A form of intaglio printing, the engraving technique sees the artist incising the plate directly with a burin, a metal carving instrument designed specifically for this purpose.

Engravings are distinctive for the tapered end of their lines created by the v-shaped blade of the burin. Whilst in drypoint one scratches the surface of the metal, throwing it up as a burr, in engraving one actually removes the metal, resulting in a clean sharp line. Engraving is typically harder to master for artists than etching or drypoint, where the incising instrument more closely resembles a pencil.

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