A printmakers tool, it is a needle with a bevelled, oval point. In etching it is used to draw lines of different width in the ground (achieved by turning the oval point) and in engraving it is employed to widen lines already engraved with the burin. The lines produced with an echoppe are sometimes referred to as 'swelling lines' and perhaps the best known and most spectacular example is Claude Mellan's engraving of the Sudarium of St Veronica (1642).


May 02, 2014

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