Black and White Engravings
Black and white engravings are my favorite art pieces. They are simple, beautiful and inexpensive art pieces for your home.
I’ve always loved black and white engravings. The one on the mantel (next to the flowers) I’ve had since 1995. I’ve had many more in the past which I wish I kept. They can go with many different types of design styles.
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What is a black and white engraving?
They are beautiful, simple pieces of antique art that are typically inexpensive and usually art of architectural buildings, landscapes and botanicals.
The highly skilled craft of engraving, in which a wedge-shaped metal tool known as a burin is used to gouge clear, sharp furrows in a metal plate, appears to have been adapted from goldsmithing.The Met Museum
Another term for the process, line engraving, derives from the fact that this technique reproduces only linear marks. Tone and shading, however, can be suggested by making parallel lines or crosshatching.Encyclopaedia Britannica
“Engraving” is also loosely but incorrectly used for any old black and white print; it requires a degree of expertise to distinguish engravings from prints using other techniques such as etching in particular, but also mezzotint and other techniques.– Wikipedia
From what I understand from the art, once the ‘engraving’ was designed, copies could easily be reproduced, hence the inexpensive price on these engravings today. Before photography, this was the way to reproduce prints.
The map of Venice (above) I purchased in Venice and had it framed when I got home.
This one below (the one I’ve had since 1995) has a rip at the top of it but I still love it and framed it anyway.
This one I found at a thrift store for a couple of dollars.
I love the continuous lines that make up the image. From a distance, it looks like a regular black and white art, but up close you can see all the intricate linear lines.
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Where to buy black and white engravings
Doing a quick search, I found this site below with a great variety of art.
Maps and Art
The engravings below are all just gorgeous and inexpensive.
Coat of Arms Family Crest at First Class Design Co
Statue Engraving at First Class Design Co
Architecture Print at Paper Poninjay Prints
Antique Botanical Engraving at Paper Popinjay Prints
Hunting for a Four Leaved Clover at Kelley Street Studio
English Castle Engraving at Fishcrossing
Botanical Engraving Set at Commonwealth Prints
Pittsburgh and Allegheny at Avery and Allen
Antique Bartlett at Avery and Allen
I hope you find this article helpful and will consider buying black and white engravings for art in your home!
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What a beautiful collection Jamie! I love this look so much!
Love your engravings so much Jamie! I have some in my bathroom and they are the perfect mix of modern and vintage!
Thanks Sheila. Yes, they go with so much!
OOh love those….I have several as well. A couple I picked up in England that I had framed when I got home…and one of Notre Dame…so I can always remember my trips!! Diane
Those sound lovely, Diane. So glad you love them too!
Obsessed with you engraving collection! You have so many fantastic ones! And I love how you layered and grouped the frames over your mantel.
That’s neat, Jamie – you know my mother’s father was a professional lithographer artist. He worked for a huge newspaper and did well. His artwork was amazing.
I always enjoyed lithographic renderings too. Nice post!
That’s amazing, Michele. Such a beautiful art skill to have in your family.