- a technique of engraving in which all effects are produced by variations in the width and density of lines incised with a burin.
- a metal plate so engraved.
- a print or picture made from it.
Origin of line engraving
First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for line-engraving
Outside Europe line-engraving can no longer be said to exist.
As a work of art, we repeat, this is beyond question the finest instance of line-engraving yet executed on this continent.
In him the real pure art of line-engraving reached its maturity.
Line-engraving has been killed by etching, mezzotint and the “mixed method.”
Line-engraving is now practically obsolete, while etching and mezzotint have recently come more and more to the front.
- the art or process of hand-engraving in intaglio and copper plate
- a plate so engraved
- a print taken from such a plate
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