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.

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  • Miss Chester as Beatrice - Antique Stipple Engraving circa 1826
    Miss Chester as Beatrice - Antique Stipple Engraving circa 1826
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  • Mr Quick as the Character of Spado - Antique Stipple Engraving 1802
    Mr Quick as the Character of Spado - Antique Stipple Engraving 1802
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  • Philip Massinger - Antique Copper Engraving circa 1800
    Philip Massinger - Antique Copper Engraving circa 1800
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  • Mr Fawcett as Caleb Quotem - Antique Stipple Engraving circa 1822
    Mr Fawcett as Caleb Quotem - Antique Stipple Engraving circa 1822
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  • Metastasio - Antique Stipple Engraving circa 1816
    Metastasio - Antique Stipple Engraving circa 1816
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  • William Pitt (the younger) - Antique Stipple Engraving circa 1830's
    William Pitt the younger - Antique Stipple Engraving circa 1830s
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  • Portrait of George IV - Antique Stipple Engraving circa 1820's
    Portrait of George IV - Antique Stipple Engraving circa 1820s
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  • Miss Platoff - Antique Stipple Engraving, circa 1800
    Miss Platoff - Antique Stipple Engraving circa 1800
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  • A Band of Savoyards - Antique Stipple Engraving, 1785
    A Band of Savoyards - Antique Stipple Engraving 1785
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  • Shakspeare, Winter's Tale - Superb Stipple Engraving, London 1793
    Shakespeare, Winters Tale Superb Stipple Engraving London 1793
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  • Goddess Playing a Pipe Organ - Stipple Engraving, 1798
    Goddess Playing a Pipe Organ Stipple Engraving 1798
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  • A Bacchant - Stipple Engraving by Bartolozzi, 1778
    A Bacchant Stipple Engraving by Bartolozzi 1778
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