Collection: Antique Stipple Engravings

Its invention is credited to William Ryland, who first used the technique in 1774. Ryland was an engraver to George III.
It is a printing technique, using a mixture of etching and engraving, in which the design is made up of countless small dots or flecks, producing softly graded tones. It became extremely popular in England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries  when it was often used in conjunction with the crayon manner, from which it derived.
Stipple engraving was more popular in England than anywhere else, where Francesco Bartolozzi was probably the most famous exponent.
Towards the end of the 18th Century, some printmakers, including Bartolozzi, began to use colour in stipple engraving. Rather than using separate plates for each colour, the different colours were carefully applied with a brush to a single plate for each impression, a very skilled and time consuming operation which was quickly realised to be to be far too expensive.

19 products
  • Bacchanal of Putti - Pair of Antique Etchings by Bartolozzi, circa 1765
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    £650.00
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    £650.00
  • Victoria, Aug 10th 1835 - Antique Stipple Engraving, 1836
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    £50.00
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  • Penitent Magdalena - Antique Stipple Engraving, circa 1785
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    £295.00
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    £295.00
  • Miss Platoff - Antique Stipple Engraving, circa 1800
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    £125.00
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  • Cherubs Playing at Artist and Sitter - Antique Stipple Engraving, circa 1900
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    £155.00
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  • Shakspeare, Winter's Tale - Superb Stipple Engraving, London 1793
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    £185.00
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  • Etiam Amor Criminibus Plectitur (Even Cupid is Not Alien to Crime) - Stipple Engraving, 1777
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    £275.00
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  • Goddess Playing a Pipe Organ - Stipple Engraving, 1798
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    £195.00
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  • Empress Marie-Louise, Wife of Napoleon Bonaparte - Stipple Engraving
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    £95.00
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    £95.00
  • A Bacchant - Stipple Engraving by Bartolozzi, 1778
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    £240.00
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  • Cupids at Play - Stipple Engraving by Bartolozzi, 1787
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    £285.00
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    £285.00
  • Perdita Robinson - Vintage Stipple Engraving, circa 1920
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    £140.00
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    £140.00
  • Roxalana - Stipple Engraving, 1791
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    £175.00
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  • Instruction - Stipple Engraving by CW White circa 1800
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    £215.00
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  • Tick - Stipple Engraving by Bartolozzi 1795
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    £115.00
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  • Mrs Fitzherbert - a Fine Stipple Engraving by John Conde circa 1792
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    £160.00
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    £160.00