The Art Of Engraving, With The Various Modes Of Operation, Under The Following Different Divisions: Etching. Soft-Ground Etching. Line Engraving. Chalk And Stipple. Aquatint. Mezzotint. Lithography. Wood Engraving. Medallic Engraving. Electrography. And Photography. Illustrated with Specimens of the different Styles of Engraving. By T.H. Fielding, Author Of "A Synopsis Of Perspective;" "The Practice Of Painting In Oil And Water Colours;" "Theory Of Painting," &c. &c. And Teacher of Painting in Water Colours to the Senior Classes at the Hon. East India Company's Military College, Addiscombe. -

Theodore Henry Adolphus Fielding

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Published By Ackermann & Co., 96, Strand., 1841.

Physical Description

vii, [1], 109, [3], 14 p., 10 pl. (incl. frontis.): illus.; 246 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Plates V and VI are bound in in reverse order. Plate 8 carries no plate-number.


[Frontis. (= pl. I), t.p.] - Preface - Contents - [Note] - [Text, and plates]; [colophon] - [Publisher's advertisements].

Responsibility Note

Plates I, II, III, V, VI, VII, are unsigned. Plate IV is signed as drawn by S. Prout F.S.A. and engraved by J. Carter (and carries the publishers' imprint of Ackermann & Co. London). Plate [8] is signed as painted by Sir Thos. Lawrence PRA and engraved by J. Thomson (and carries the publishers' imprint of Ackermann & Co. London). Plate 9 is signed as printed by C. Hullmandel and each of its two prints is signed as drawn by W. Walton. Plate 10 is signed 'Day & Haghe Lithrs. to the Queen'.

The text printer is named on the verso of the title page and in the colophon: 'London: Charles Wood, Printer, Poppin's Court, Fleet Street.'

Summary Note

All plates except the first are captioned. They show: I. [Engravers' tools]; II. 'Etching'; III. 'Soft-ground Etching'; IV. 'Line'; V. 'Aquatint Grounds'; VI. 'Aquatinta'; VII. 'Mezzotint' [in two states]; [8] 'Stipple, or Chalk'; 9. 'Lithography (Two Printings)'; 10. 'A Drawing On Zinc'.

In-text illustrations show wood-engravers' tools and two examples of wood-engraving, and equipment used in electrography.

The text is followed by publishers' advertisements: [1] 'A List Of Requisites For Engravers'; [2] 'Works By T.H. Fielding, Esq.'; [3] 'Modern Engravings arranged according to the Engravers; [4] 'Ackermann & Co. Repository Of Arts, 96, Strand, London, By Special Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen ... List of the most essential Requisites for Artists and Amateurs' (n.d.; fourteen pages).


In 1990 were published versions in microfiche (Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey) and microfilm (London: British Library).


The front free-endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'Frank Short'. Presented by Dorothea Short in 1963 from the library of her father, Sir Frank Short RA.

Binding Note

19th-century brown cloth, upper and lower covers decorated in blind, upper cover lettered 'The Art Of Engraving'; spine lettered 'The Art Of Engraving'.


Engraving - Etching - Techniques - Europe - History
Manuals - Instructional materials - Publishers' advertisements - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


Samuel Prout, draughtsman
James Carter, engraver
Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA, source artist
James Thomson, engraver
W.L. Walton, draughtsman
Charles Joseph Hullmandel, lithographic printer
Charles Wood, printer
Sir Frank Short RA, previous owner
Miss Dorothea Short, previous owner, donor
Ackermann and Company (London), publisher
Day and Haghe (London), lithographic printer