However, the poet faithfully defended his livelihood, insisting that engraving was a true art.
He famously said, “Painting is drawing on canvas and engraving is drawing on copper and nothing else.”
But engraving is a painstaking and laborious art that requires patience, precision and lack of whim.
An artistic print made from a metal plate on which an artist has cut a design with a graver or a small chisel. (Compare etching.)