Definition of line engraving in English:

line engraving


  • 1An engraving made from a metal plate on which lines of varying thickness have been incised.

    • ‘They were line engravings of a particularly dim type which probably had some deep-seated affect on me.’
    • ‘In his later years his line engravings of biblical subjects, which were highly popular, earned him the nickname of ‘der Theologe mit dem Stifte’ (the theologian with the pencil).’
    • ‘Rittner and Goupil had ascended to the pinnacle of the fine art publishing trade, their reputation for superb line engravings by the finest practitioners of that esteemed craft second to none in France.’
    • ‘In the 1870s, Shakers outside Maine began to use commercial line engravings traced from photographs when they wanted to picture their home villages.’
    • ‘He was a former employee of Williams, Stevens, Williams and Company who published The Heart of the Andes as a line engraving in 1861.’
    • ‘Those on the tour will be able to see line engravings of ibex - a type of antelope - and bison, as well as depictions of birds, horses and geometric patterns.’
    • ‘Goupil published both of Michetti's 1872 Salon paintings as line engravings by Varin.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The art or technique of making line engravings.
      • ‘The woodcut is the senior member of the family of relief prints, differing fundamentally from intaglio methods such as etching or line engraving.’
      • ‘They could be printed in books and newspapers only as some form of line engraving until the invention of the halftone printing plate in the 1880s, but thousands of original prints were for sale by dealers.’
      • ‘This includes seal engraving, die-sinking, line engraving, carving and also grain setting of precious stones in jewellery.’
      • ‘A type of line engraving in which the lines are widely spaced.’
      • ‘It served as a model for the engraver, in this case Hermann Eichens, who rendered the subject in a costly combination of line engraving and aquatint.’
      • ‘In line with print publishers' usual practice, Goupil, Vibert and Company classified its stock first by technique - line engraving, aquatint and mezzotint engraving, lithography - then by subject, such as views, portraits, and genre.’
      • ‘When Gillray, Rowlandson, and Cruikshank emerge as prominent caricaturists in the mid-1780s, they would use line engraving and etching, and by the turn of century the droll would virtually disappear.’
      • ‘Although McClure set Forrest to work on the engraving around 1863, the unfinished plate languished, as sometimes happened in the tedious practice of line engraving.’
      • ‘Though multi line engraving increases price due to increased production time, it has the added advantage of providing crisper and more detailed results.’
      • ‘In the case of line engraving, the movement of the engraving needle 3 is upward and downward vibrations at two levels depending upon whether the original article is black or white.’