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  • Harry Ashby (1744 - 1818)
    Harry Ashby (17 April 1744 – 31 August 1818) was an English writing-engraver. Early life Ashby was born on 17 April 1744 at Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, and was apprenticed to a clockmaker i...
  • John Spilsbury (1739 - 1769)
    John Spilsbury (1739 – 3 April 1769) was a British cartographer and engraver. He is credited as the inventor of the jigsaw puzzle. Spilsbury created them for educational purposes, and called them “Diss...
  • Jonathan Spilsbury (1737 - 1812)
    Jonathan Spilsbury (1737?–1812) was an English engraver, the brother of John Spilsbury, with whom he has sometimes been confused, and father of Maria Spilsbury. Works Spilsbury practised chiefly in...
  • Reinier Vinkeles (1741 - 1816)
    dbnl..... nl.wikipedia. en.wikipedia. pdf
  • Isadore Gottheimer (1891 - 1929)
    Military draft registration : Between 1917 and 1918 - Salt Lake City no 4, San Juan County, San Pete County, Utah, United States** Updated from FamilySearch Family Tree via father Philip Gottheimer by ...


Engraving is the practice of incising a design on to a hard, usually flat surface, by cutting grooves into it. The result may be a decorated object in itself, as when silver, gold, steel, or glass are engraved, or may provide a printing plate, of copper or another metal, for printing images on paper as prints or illustrations; these images are also called engravings.

Engraving was historically an important method of producing images on paper, both in artistic printmaking, and also for commercial reproductions and illustrations for books and magazines. It has been replaced by various photographic processes in its commercial applications and, partly because of the difficulty of learning the technique, is much less common in printmaking, where it has been largely replaced by etching and other techniques.

Traditional engraving is still practised by goldsmiths, glass engravers, gunsmiths and others, while modern industrial techniques such as photoengraving and laser engraving have many important applications.

Noted Engravers

WIKI Noted Engravers



  • Jacopo de' Barbari (active 1500–1515)
  • William Blake (1757–1827)
  • Theodore de Bry (1528–1598)


  • Giulio Campagnola (active c.1505–1515)


  • Paul Gustave Doré (1832–1883)
  • Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)


  • Maso Finiguerra (1426–1464)


  • Hendrick Goltzius (c.1558–1617)
  • Francisco de Goya (1746–1828)


  • William Hamlin (1772–1869)
  • Stanley William Hayter (1901–1988)
  • William Hogarth (1697–1764)


  • Lucas van Leyden (1494–1533)


  • Andrea Mantegna (c.1431–1506)
  • Master ES (active c.1450–1470)
  • Israhel van Meckenem (c.1445–1501)
  • Claude Mellan (1598–1688)
  • Matthäus Merian (1593–1650)


  • Alardo de Popma, (1617–1641)
  • José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913)
  • Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)


  • Jan Saenredam (1565–1607)



  • Anthonie Wierix (1552–1624)
  • Hieronymus Wierix (1553–1619)
  • Edward Williams (1755-?1797)

Of gems:

  • Pyrgoteles, Alexander's gem-engraver
  • Theodorus of Samos, Polycrates' gem-engraver

Of guns:

  • Malcolm Appleby
  • Geoffroy Gournet

Of coins:

  • Thomas Hugh Paget
  • Leonard Charles Wyon
  • William Wyon

Of postage stamps:

  • Czesław Słania
  • Leonard Charles Wyon
  • William Wyon

Of pins:

  • Godfrey Lundberg (1879–1933)
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