Stephen Whittle Etchings

Origins of etching


Etching is one of the most intricate and technical of all the methods for putting pigment on paper. Etching is a method of engraving in which lines or textures are “etched” into a metal plate with acid, then inked and “pressed” onto paper with a metal press. Engraving and etching seem to have originated in Germany, where Dürer’s etchings on iron, made between 1510 and 1520, were probably the earliest important examples of an art that in the following centuries was practiced by many of the greatest draftsmen and painters. Among the foremost in the history of etching are the works of Dürer, Rembrandt, Tiepoli, Goya, and Whistler.