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soft ground

an etching ground usually mixed with tallow.
Compare hard ground.
a technique of etching in which a design is drawn on paper placed on a plate covered with a soft ground, resulting in a granular effect resembling pencil, chalk, or crayon. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Numerous drawing copies for students were produced by him by means of soft-ground etching.

  • The “manière de crayon,” as practised by Demarteau and others, differs materially from soft-ground etching.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
  • soft-ground etchings, the biting of which is quite shallow, must be steel-faced after two to three hundred impressions.

    A Treatise on Etching Maxime Lalanne
  • The plates were engraved by himself in soft-ground etching, such as Prout had used, from drawings he had made in 1846 and 1848.

    The Life of John Ruskin W. G. Collingwood

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