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  • Thomas Bewick (1753 - 1828)
    Thomas Bewick (c. 11 August 1753 – 8 November 1828) was an English engraver and natural history author. Early in his career he took on all kinds of work such as engraving cutlery, making the wood block...
  • Edward Williams (c.1755 - d.)
    Edward Williams Engraver born c1755 Possibly died in 1797 Edward Williams is generally descibed as a "fair engraver", and he is remembered for several prints after Rowlandson, most notably 'A Col...
  • Jacob Perkins (1766 - 1849)
    Jacob Perkins (9 July 1766 – 30 July 1849) was an Anglo-American inventor, mechanical engineer and physicist. from Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Perkins was apprenticed to a goldsmith. He soon made h...
  • Benjamin Hurd (1739 - 1781)
    Like his brother Nathaniel, he followed their father's craft, but was not of age when his father died. He was an engraver as well as a goldsmith. A teapot and baptismal basins in West Roxbury, Massachu...
  • Nathaniel Hurd (1729 - 1777)
    GOLDSMITHS AND ENGRAVERS. From Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Volume 9  By Massachusetts Historical Society. Page 211 We have now to consider a class, more properly denominate...


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 It has been replaced by various photographic processes in its commercial applications and, partly because of the difficulty of learning the technique, is much less common in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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