Engraving is the practice of incising a design on to a hard, usually flat surface, by cutting grooves into it. The result may be a decorated
object in itself, as when silver, gold, steel, or glass are engraved, or may provide an intaglio printing plate, of copper or another metal,
for printing images on paper as prints or illustrations; these images are also called engravings. Engraving was a historically important
method of producing images on paper, both in artistic printmaking, and also for commercial reproductions and illustrations for books and magazines.
It has long been replaced by various photographic processes in its commercial applications and, partly because of the difficulty of learning the technique,
The studios and workshops of Thomas Ross have a long history of producing some of the worlds finest hand crafted etchings and engraved prints.
The Ross Collection comprises what is thought to be the worlds largest single collection of engraved copper and steel "intaglio" printing plates.
The majority of plates in the collection are in excess of one hundred years old, and some examples date back to the early 1700`s
providing the firm with an artistic heritage that now spans four centuries..