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Soft-ground etching

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Use for the printing process in which the ground is mixed with a soft substance, such as tallow, allowing the rendering of textured lines and areas when the plate is etched. Sometimes, paper is placed over the grounded plate and drawn on, to pick up the ground.

This term has 153 records attributed within our system.

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Broader Terms used

<etching (printmaking process)>

Equivalent Terms used

soft-ground etchings


11yrs ago

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Printmaker: Frankl, Gerhart



Printmaker: Frankl, Gerhart

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Printmaker: Delâtre, Auguste
Draughtsman: Jacque, Charles Émile (After)

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