The Engraver and the Etcher

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1643

Artist:

Abraham Bosse
French, 1602-1676

About this artwork

Abraham Bosse wrote the first important treatise on the art of etching in 1645. His highly influential publication urged etchers to aspire to the precision of engravers, rather than cultivating the peculiarities of the etched line, like Rembrandt. To achieve a swelling line akin to an engraving, bosse utilized an instrument called an ‘échoppe’, a beveled etching needle, which he could twist in the ground to create variable widths of etched line, similar to the work of Jacques Callot. In this print, the etcher is working easily on the left, while the engraver is struggling to incise his plate on the right.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 213

Artist

Abraham Bosse

Title

The Engraver and the Etcher

Origin

France

Date

1643

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

257 × 324 mm (plate); 275 × 340 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Endowment

Reference Number

1950.1452

Extended information about this artwork

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