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Copper Plate Collection

"Copper Plate: A Canvas of Artistic Mastery and Timeless Craftsmanship" Immerse yourself in the captivating world of copper plates, where artistry meets precision

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Prague astronomical clocks calendar plate (oil on copper plate)

Prague astronomical clocks calendar plate (oil on copper plate)
7216658 Prague astronomical clocks calendar plate (oil on copper plate) by Manes, Josef (1820-71); (add.info.: Original calendar plate painted by Josef Manes (1820-1871)

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: The Copper-plate Engraver, from Iets voor Allen a book of trades by Abraham van St

The Copper-plate Engraver, from Iets voor Allen a book of trades by Abraham van St
XJF387469 The Copper-plate Engraver, from Iets voor Allen a book of trades by Abraham van St. Clara, 1736 (engraving) by Luyken, Caspar (1672-1708) and Luyken

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: A Natural History of ENGLISH INSECTS. Illustrated with A Hundred COPPER PLATES

A Natural History of ENGLISH INSECTS. Illustrated with A Hundred COPPER PLATES, Curiously engraved from the life and exactly coloured by the AUTHOR, ELEAZAR ALBIN, Painter

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: George Vertue, 1723 (oil on canvas)

George Vertue, 1723 (oil on canvas)
1765252 George Vertue, 1723 (oil on canvas) by Gibson, Thomas (c.1680-1751); 73.5x50.8 cm; Society of Antiquaries of London

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Copperplate Engraver Carl Edward Sonne, c. 1826 (oil on canvas)

Copperplate Engraver Carl Edward Sonne, c. 1826 (oil on canvas)
5675865 Copperplate Engraver Carl Edward Sonne, c.1826 (oil on canvas) by Blunck, Ditlev Conrad (1798-1854); 69.5x56 cm; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: John Tye, Junior, copper plate printer, trade card (coloured engraving)

John Tye, Junior, copper plate printer, trade card (coloured engraving)
731615 John Tye, Junior, copper plate printer, trade card (coloured engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: John Tye, Junior, copper plate printer)

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Printing plate for The Tempest, 1870-75 (copper)

Printing plate for The Tempest, 1870-75 (copper)
487868 Printing plate for The Tempest, 1870-75 (copper) by Amand-Durand, Charles (1831-1905); 12.4x17.2 cm; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Cullum, Letter-Press and Copper-Plate Printer, trade card (coloured engraving)

Cullum, Letter-Press and Copper-Plate Printer, trade card (coloured engraving)
731534 Cullum, Letter-Press and Copper-Plate Printer, trade card (coloured engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cullum, Letter-Press and Copper-Plate Printer)

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Skelton, copper plate printer, trade card (coloured engraving)

Skelton, copper plate printer, trade card (coloured engraving)
731610 Skelton, copper plate printer, trade card (coloured engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Skelton, copper plate printer, trade card)

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Printer, Edward Ryland, trade card (engraving)

Printer, Edward Ryland, trade card (engraving)
983971 Printer, Edward Ryland, trade card (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Printer, Edward Ryland, trade card.); Look and Learn / Peter Jackson Collection

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Shahmeran (Shahmaran) painted on glass and engraved on copperplates, Mardin, Southeast Anatolia

Shahmeran (Shahmaran) painted on glass and engraved on copperplates, Mardin, Southeast Anatolia, Turkey

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Portrait Willem Arnold Alting Governor-General

Portrait Willem Arnold Alting Governor-General
Portrait of Willem Arnold Alting, Governor-General of the Dutch East India Company, Portrait of Willem Arnold Alting (1724-1800). Governor General (1780-97). Hip piece, standing to the right

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Portrait Jacob van Houbraken Half-length portrait

Portrait Jacob van Houbraken Half-length portrait
Portrait of Jacob van Houbraken, Half-length portrait of Jacob Houbraken, sitting at a table with a copper plate in his left hand and an engraving needle in his right

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: copy after Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt Portrait

copy after Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt Portrait
copy after: Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt, Portrait of Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Orange (1584-1647), portrait painting visual material wood oil

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Gerard Edelinck, 1640

Gerard Edelinck, 1640

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Mill Grand Chartreuse Dauphiny Liber Studiorum

Mill Grand Chartreuse Dauphiny Liber Studiorum
Artokoloro

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Diogenes seated barrel reading book holding stick

Diogenes seated barrel reading book holding stick
Artokoloro

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Berry Pomeroy Castle Liber Studiorum part XII

Berry Pomeroy Castle Liber Studiorum part XII
Artokoloro

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Windmill Lock Liber Studiorum part VI plate 27

Windmill Lock Liber Studiorum part VI plate 27
Artokoloro

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Dentistry caricature, 19th century

Dentistry caricature, 19th century
Dentistry caricature. 19th-century artwork titled Hob and Stage Doctor, showing an itinerant tooth drawer pulling a patients tooth with a tooth key at a country fair or market

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Conrad Gessner Gesner portrait naturalist

Conrad Gessner Gesner portrait naturalist
Conrad Gesner (or Gessner) Swiss Natural Historian (26th March 1516-13th December 1565). His major four volume work Historiae Animalium (1551-1558) is considered the beginning of modern zoology

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Invention of engraving, medieval Europe

Invention of engraving, medieval Europe
Invention of engraving in medieval Europe. This engraver is holding a copperplate depiction of Saint Christopher carrying the Christ Child

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Monkshead flowers

Monkshead flowers. 17th century artwork of flowers from two monkshead (Aconitum sp.) plants. Their roots are used in herbal medicine preparations for their painkilling (analgesic) properties

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Castor oil plant

Castor oil plant. 17th century artwork of a castor oil plant (Ricinus sp.), which is used in herbal medicine as a purgative (to discharge pus)

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Peony flowers

Peony flowers. 17th century artwork of two peony (Paeonia sp.) flowers (red) and stonecrop flowers (Sedum sp. lower left)

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Rose flowers

Rose flowers. 17th century artwork of four rose (Rosa sp.) plants and their flowers. A yellow rose (lower right), red rose (upper right), Scotch rose (Rosa spinosissima)

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Acanthus flowers

Acanthus flowers. 17th century artwork of flowers of the spine acanthus (Acanthus spinosus) and some forget-me-not flowers (Myosotis scorpioides, upper left & right)

Background imageCopper Plate Collection: Columbine flowers

Columbine flowers. 17th century artwork of flowers from three columbine (Aquilegia sp.) plants. These plants are used in herbal medicine as diuretics (to encourage urination)


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"Copper Plate: A Canvas of Artistic Mastery and Timeless Craftsmanship" Immerse yourself in the captivating world of copper plates, where artistry meets precision. From Prague's astronomical clocks calendar plate to George Vertue's exquisite oil painting, this medium has been a canvas for masterpieces throughout history. Abraham van St's depiction of "The Copper-plate Engraver" in his book of trades showcases the dedication and skill required to create intricate designs on this versatile material. Carl Edward Sonne's portrait from 1826 further emphasizes the importance engravers in preserving artistic legacies. Trade cards like John Tye Jr. 's colored engraving and Cullum's letter-press exemplify how copper plates were essential tools for printers, capturing attention with their detailed craftsmanship. The printing plate for "The Tempest" transports us back to the enchanting world of Shakespearean theatre, reminding us that even words can be etched onto copper with finesse. But it is not just Europe that embraced this art form; Shahmeran's glass-painted beauty engraved on Southeast Anatolia's copperplates reflects its global reach. Gerard Edelinck’s work from 1640 demonstrates how artists across time have harnessed the potential of this medium to bring their visions to life. Whether used as a means to document history or express creativity, these examples showcase the enduring allure of working with copper plates. Each stroke tells a story, each etching preserves a moment forever captured in metal. Step into a realm where tradition meets innovation – behold the timeless charm and meticulous craftsmanship found within every inch of a copper plate masterpiece.