The Hunt Gallery

A Short History of Etchings

Etching, developed in the early 15th Century to decorate arms and armour,  is the process of using either a strong acid or mordant to cut into the exposed parts of a metal surface to create an image.  A paper print was taken as a record of the design.  As a method of printmaking, it is - together with engraving - the most important technique for old master prints and remains in wide use today.


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