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Etchings are prints made by drawing with an etching-needle onto a wax-covered metal plate. An acid is then used on the plate to accentuate the drawing. The plate can then be inked and used with a press to print on paper.

The technique gained in popularity among artists thanks to a new tool invented by Jacques Callot in the early XVIIth century called the « échoppe », allowing both fine and swelling lines to be drawn.

Other artists famous for their etchings : William Blake, James McNeill Whistler, Wiliam Hamlin.