Masterclass at the Whipple Museum

How to identify printmaking processes in early modern printed books

A Study Session with guest instructor Dr Ad Stijnman
16 October 2015 in the Whipple Library, University of Cambridge

The Making Visible project team were delighted to welcome Dr Ad Stijnman, author of the definitive history of engraving techniques Engraving and Etching 1400-2000. A History of the Development of Manual Intaglio Printmaking Processes, London 2012, as well as a practicing printmaker, who gave a master class on engraving techniques. The class were able to inspect the rare books from the Whipple collection and the Wren Library to identify print-making processes and to observe the differences between woodcuts, engravings and etchings.

The day started with a talk by Ad Stijnman on how to identify engraving and printing techniques, followed by a taster session of intaglio engraving:

A summary of tweets from the day by José Ramón Marcaida, postdoctoral researcher at CRASSH:


black transparent logoCMYK LScape Enlarged dark CRASSH logo