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A Group of four Etchers and Draughtsmen around a Table

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A Group of four Etchers and Draughtsmen around a Table Dated 1674

Not on display

The faint signature ‘Jan Folkema fecit 1674’ can be read on the rear crossbar of the table. The drawing shows four etchers and draughtsmen in a domestic setting. They are probably amateurs, judging from the refined clothes they wear. Etching for pleasure was a frequent practice in seventeenth-century upper-class circles, stimulated by manuals such as Abraham Bosse’s 'Traicté des Manieres de Graver en Taille douce sur l’airtin' (or Manual of Etching) of 1645. Representations of amateur etchers are rare.

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The ability to draw skilfully, often refers to technical drawing.


A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Draughtsmanship, Etching


  • Acc. No. D 1158
  • Medium Black chalk and traces of red chalk, on vellum
  • Size 23.70 (left), 24.00 (right) x 26.80 cm
  • Credit David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910