Glossary

Engraving

Woodcut, engraving and etching were the main methods of making prints before the invention of photography.

To make an engraving, a plate, usually of copper, is cut with a burin (a sharp gouging tool). The plate is put in a press and ink rolled onto it. The ink is retained in the cuts and transferred to the paper.

Some of the paintings, such as the Netherlandish Landscape, are connected with specific engravings by other artists. Others, such as Hogarth's Marriage A-la-Mode series, were painted by the artist for engraving.

Artist
1697 - 1764
William Hogarth
Painting
William Hogarth
about 1743
William Hogarth: 'Marriage A-la-Mode: 1, The Marriage Settlement'
Painting
William Hogarth
about 1743
William Hogarth: 'Marriage A-la-Mode: 2, The Tête à Tête'
Painting
William Hogarth
about 1743
William Hogarth: 'Marriage A-la-Mode: 3, The Inspection'
Painting
William Hogarth
about 1743
William Hogarth: 'Marriage A-la-Mode: 4, The Toilette'
Painting
William Hogarth
about 1743
William Hogarth: 'Marriage A-la-Mode: 5, The Bagnio'
Painting
William Hogarth
about 1743
William Hogarth: 'Marriage A-la-Mode: 6, The Lady's Death'