Advert for Widmer & Sons, Engraver & Stencil Plate Cutters
Printer: Rogers, R
Medium: Print on paper
Engraving was very popular in the 19th century. Artists drew pictures on a white-coated woodblock and then carved the block, cutting away all blank parts, leaving a raise impression the original drawing. The block could then be inked and pressed.
By the end of the century the process had been further developed and images were widely created from copper or steel plates. These could be used to produce several hundred copies before they wore out. Engravers were much in demand: they could create landscapes or portraits, and also mark patterns on a variety of materials and objects such as vases, ornaments, jewellery and walking sticks.