Definition of wood engraving in English:

wood engraving


  • 1A print made from a finely detailed design cut into the end grain of a block of wood.

    Compare with woodcut
    • ‘The mental images of torture are cemented by pictures showing its use, with a wood engraving depicting ‘La torta del cavaletto’ (the torture of the rack) being particularly memorable.’
    • ‘Only a handful of people seem to use it in the artistic context, like Pam Clocksin, for example, and the wood engraving of Cicely Englefield.’
    • ‘Homer's process for creating a wood engraving began, of course, with studies made on site.’
    • ‘The article focused on one wood engraving in particular, Church Supper, for which Emma supplied three female poses in a group portrait.’
    • ‘As this article was illustrated by a large wood engraving after a second reproductive print by Aristide Louis, the reference was made abundantly clear.’
    • ‘To promote that part of his business, he had a nice billhead with a wood engraving illustrating a bench plane, an axe head, and a hatchet.’
    • ‘This gives a rare look at details of the production of mathematical drawings (at this time, mostly wood engraving on the endgrain of boxwood) in the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘I'm not sure if it's really a wood engraving, but it's an expert depiction of choppy waves and Noah's Ark sailing astride the vast and huge ocean.’
    • ‘This exercise in sentimental reportage, which had previously appeared as a wood engraving in the Graphic, briefly established Fildes as the leading social realist painter in England.’
    • ‘A wood engraving differs from a woodblock in that it uses the cross-grain of a block while the woodblock uses the plank-side.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]The technique of making wood engravings.
      • ‘It proved to be a fertile period for Kent, who concentrated on wood engraving - a medium in which he would later become justifiably famous.’
      • ‘For a description of the technical process of wood engraving, please refer to printmaking and for a description how a traditional Japanese woodblock print is made, to Japanese prints.’
      • ‘Regarded as the father of modern wood engraving, Bewick halted the decline of engraving into a primarily reproductive technique and brought to it new expressive possibilities.’
      • ‘Bewick rediscovered the technique of wood engraving which he went on to establish as a major book illustrating technique but Hutton's book was his first assignment.’
      • ‘When asked he will enthuse about wood engraving, Hammond organs and black and white photography.’
      • ‘In 1881-5 he studied wood engraving at Lambeth School of Art, where in 1882 he met Charles Ricketts, who became his lifelong companion.’
      • ‘A transitional figure between the arts and crafts ethos and the early studio movement was Wharton Esherick, who was trained as a painter and turned to woodworking via wood engraving in the 1920s.’
      • ‘In the mid-19th century, wood engraving was the standard of reproducing illustrations in magazines and books.’
      • ‘The 1920s saw the foundation of the Golden Cockerel Press, the Gregynog Press, and the Nonesuch Press, and a considerable revival of interest in the art of wood engraving.’
      • ‘Of German, and some Irish, descent, Bensemann embraced his European heritage, learning to speak German and, with Dürer in mind, immersing himself in the quintessentially Northern European craft of wood engraving.’
      • ‘Nicole first studied illustrative arts at the City and Guilds Art School, where she developed a keen interest in wood engraving and natural history illustration.’
      • ‘The exhibition embraces all the printmaking mediums, including Lithographs, wood cuts, wood engraving, etching, silkscreen, digital and mixed media.’
      • ‘For example, the Relief Printing chapter deals with cutting tools, lino cuts, wood cuts, wood engraving and cardboard prints.’
      • ‘The book brings together Penny Dreadfuls, wood engraving and the early years of the novel, as well as background information on printing technology.’
      • ‘London in 1872, for instance, had 128 wood engraving firms listed in its business directory.’
      • ‘In part one of this article the basic printmaking techniques relief printing and intaglio printing were discussed and the relief techniques woodcut, wood engraving and linocut were introduced.’
      • ‘The main techniques are the woodcut, wood engraving, and linocut, while the less important techniques of metal cut, manière criblée, and relief etching are printed similarly.’
      • ‘The remaining parts of the surface could be removed by etching, so that the method resembled that of wood engraving.’
      • ‘Although a latecomer to the inter-war revival of wood engraving, Reynolds Stone, whose work displayed humane and romantic tendencies, was also someone the printing world had been waiting for.’
      • ‘The school offered classes on lithography, etching, drypoint, mezzotint and wood engraving until the Groat Depression forced it to close its doors after only a year.’