Engravings and Engravers




Many of the views that were captured by photographers from the mid-18h century onwards had earlier been recorded by engravers and painters.  It is interesting to compare the photographs with the earlier views.  

Here are some of the books with earlier views, listed in chronological order:

Picturesque Views of Edinburgh  

Engravings of Edinburgh, drawn by Ewbank, engraved by Lizars  1825

The book has some interesting views.   It has 4 sections:  16 Distant Views of Edinburgh,  10 Street Views (ancient),  10 Street Views (modern) and  15 other views of Edinburgh

Modern Athens

Displayed in a series of Views of Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century exhibiting the whole of the New Buildings, Modern Improvements, Antiquities & Picturesque Scenery of the Scottish Metropolis and its Environs from the Original Drawings by Thos. H Shepherd with Historical, Topographical & Critical Illustrations.   [This book includes almost 100 engravings]

Publ:  Jones & Co., London,   1829

In 1980, Lang Syne Publishers, Ltd., Newtongrange, Scotland, published a book entitled Modern Athens, containing the reproductions and text from the original volume (above).  The pages are un-numbered and not in the same order as in the original volume.  The engravings are disappointing, lacking a lot of detail, particularly in the darker areas.  Nevertheless, the reproduction has been useful, as it is more affordable and more readily available than the original.

The Modern Athens images that I have included on this site are from copies of the original engravings;  not from the reproductions in the Lang Syne book.

Modern Athens prints are, now, usually only seen around Edinburgh as individually mounted  engravings taken from broken copies of the original book.  Many of these prints have been recently hand coloured.

Memorials of Edinburgh in the Olden Time

Author: Daniel Wilson      Publ:  Hugh Paton, Edinburgh,   1848

This book has engravings by W Forrest and T Steuart

Scotland Delineated 

A series of views of the Principal Cities and Towns, particularly of Edinburgh and its environs.  Cathedrals, abbeys, castles, and mansions ...

Author: T Picken    Publ:  Day & Son, Lithographer to the Queen    c.1854

Includes engravings from drawings by Sir Wm Allen, Clarkson Stanfield, David Roberts Geo Cattermole, WL Leitch, DO Hill, Horatio McCulloch, Thos Cheswick, JMW Turner, Joseph Nash, JH Harding + others

Cassell's Old & New Edinburgh

Its history, its people and its places.  

Author: James Grant
Published in instalments over 3 years, but now usually found bound into 3, or occasionally 6, volumes
Cassell & Co, London, Paris, New York,   18

This book is illustrated with many engravings - in many cases, the artist, but not the engraver, is named.

-   Printmaking

Relief, Intaglio, Planographic and Stencil processes explained.  
Susan Lambert, Victoria & Albert Museum.
Printed for HMSO  ISBN 0 11 290381 9   1
This book gives a useful overview of engraving, etching, stencils and other printing processes.

-   Prints and Printmaking

A Dictionary and Handbook of the Art in Nineteenth-Century Britain 
Author:  Raymond Lister      Publ.  Methuen, London  ISBN 0 14 40130 8   1984

This book



Engravers and Engraving


Modern Athens - 1829

Old & New Edinburgh - 1890

Other engravings

Early engravers

More recent engravers

Engravings and Engravers

Engravings - index



Etchers etc


A selection of  Engravings