line engraving


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line engraving

n.
1.
a. A metal plate, used in intaglio printing, on the surface of which design lines have been engraved by hand.
b. The process of making such an engraving.
c. A print made from such an engraving.
2. See line cut.

line′ engrav`ing


n.
an engraving in which all effects are produced by variations in the width and density of lines incised with a burin.

line engraving

Engraving directly onto a metal plate with cutting tools, producing precise lines and shading added by hatching dots. Probably began in fifteenth-century Italy, flowering in the work of Dürer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.line engraving - a print obtained from a line drawingline engraving - a print obtained from a line drawing
engraving - a print made from an engraving
2.line engraving - engraving consisting of a block that has been etched or engraved
engraving - a block or plate or other hard surface that has been engraved
References in classic literature ?
Almost invariably it is all over obliquely crossed and re-crossed with numberless straight marks in thick array, something like those in the finest Italian line engravings.
These methods of transfer printing used line engraving on copper plates, with the design being transferred on tissue paper.
Sarabia, who depicted John Walker in bronze in 1981, described him as "a smart and trim little man" from a line engraving.
She wills us to see as much beauty in the steel line engraving of winter as in the watercolors of spring or the oil paintings of summer.
In line engraving and etching/engraving the artist cuts or etches grooves or other marks in the polished surface of a copper plate; to print, the entire plate surface is inked, then wiped clean except for the ink in the grooves, which transfers as lines when the plate and paper are pressed together very tightly in a rolling press.
Inscriptions on stamps, their denominations, variety of paper or other material used, typography, methods of printing such as lithography, line engraving, photogravure, intaglio and offset, and pictorial design, all make for interesting narratives.