Definition of Dry point

1. Noun. A print produced by dry point engraving.

Generic synonyms: Engraving

2. Noun. A steel needle for engraving without acid on a bare copper plate.
Generic synonyms: Needle

Definition of Dry point

1. Noun. an acid-free etching created by direct incision into a metal or clear acrylic plate with an etching scribe. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dry Point

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Literary usage of Dry point

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Etching and etchers by Philip Gilbert Hamerton (1876)
"CHAPTER XIL DRY-POINT. PLATES are sometimes engraved in pure dry-point with the bur left to catch the printer's ink. This is not really etching, ..."

2. A Treatise on Etching by Maxime Lalanne, Sylvester Rosa Koehler (1880)
"dry point. — Whenever it is necessary to retouch, or to add to very delicate parts of the plate, such as the extreme distance, or any other part very ..."

3. The Graphic Arts: A Treatise on the Varieties of Drawing, Painting, and by Philip Gilbert Hamerton (1891)
"ETCHING AND dry point. IN etching the line is bitten into metal by an acid ... In dry point the line is scratched with the sharp point of some instrument ..."

4. The Etcher's Handbook: Giving an Account of the Old Processes, and of by Philip Gilbert Hamerton (1881)
"Of the Distinction between Etching and dry point. To etch means to eat. ... In dry point, on the contrary, there is no corrosion ; it is the point itself ..."

5. The Whistler Journal by Elizabeth Robins Pennell, Joseph Pennell (1921)
"PORTRAIT MADE WHILE WHISTLER POSED TO BOLDINI DRY-POINT By Paul Helleu. Pennell Collection, Library of ... WHISTLER SLEEPING DRY-POINT Done between poses in ..."

6. Etchings & Etchers by Philip Gilbert Hamerton (1905)
"DRY-POINT. PLATES are sometimes engraved in pure dry-point with the bur left to catch the printer's ink. This is not really etching, so it shall be passed ..."

7. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"Dry-point work is often used upon a plate which has been previously etched, ... The term dry point is also applied to the sharp instrument with which the ..."

8. Etching, Engraving and the Other Methods of Printing Pictures by Hans Wolfgang Singer, William Strang (1897)
"CHAPTER V dry point point consists simply in working upon the bare copper, without the use of ' ground' or acid. No new tools are used, but the effect ..."

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