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  • n. engraving on copper or brass

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or art of engraving on copper or brass, especially of engraving for printing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art of engraving on copper or steel plates.
  • n. A collection of engraved plates and prints. The chalcography of the Louvre was established by Louis XIV. and contains now about 6,000 plates from which impressions are still made and sold.


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  • They have in their employ some of the very finest line engravers living, and their album of proofs, which I have seen, contains some really magnificent specimens of chalcography.

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  • He first taught his countrymen how to plant, then to build: and having taught them to be useful _without doors_, he then attempted to divert and occupy them _within doors_, by his treatises on chalcography, painting, medals, libraries.

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  • There are three national chalcographies in the world, all of which maintain large stocks of engraved plates from which impressions are printed as ordered by the public. The first was founded by Clement XII in Rome in 1738... The Madrid chalcography followed in 1789, and owns most of Goya's plates. The one in Paris was founded in 1797... The italian and French establishments have habitually identified their productions with blind-stamps.

    -Prints and Printmaking, Antony Griffiths

    September 8, 2008

  • There must be a word for the art of engraving on Wordie, especially of engraving for shameless self indulgence.

    Not that I would ever raise myself to that.

    April 15, 2008

  • It sure does. :-)

    April 14, 2008

  • Wow. I didn't know there was a word for this. It Has a Name??

    April 14, 2008

  • The act or art of engraving on copper or brass, especially of engraving for printing.

    April 14, 2008