This website contains a catalogue of just over 5,000 hand coloured intaglio art prints, individually printed from the original,
mostly antique, etched
copper and steel plates.
These represent some of the finest traditional art prints available
today, being true archival quality etchings and engravings taken from the
original steel and copper plates, printed on custom made acid-free heavy
weight paper with many being hand coloured to a very high standard.
The collective term for these art prints is 'Intaglio' (an Italian word meaning to
incise or inscribe). This is one of the most traditional ways of creating fine
art prints and many experts agree it is still the most satisfying. The richness
and depth of tone, together with the knowledge that each print has been
individually hand made, sets apart this work from other types of print
These larger art prints are ideal as
decorative prestige Christmas gifts
where a lasting quality and
distinction are of importance, they
are also suitable as gifts for
weddings, retirement or other
special occasions. They are also
ideal for the home or office when
quality is needed, above that
provided by a normal lithographic
fine art print.
Most of these prints are restrikes from the world's largest collection of
original plates, the vast majority over 100 years old, and have been printed using
traditional methods and materials by Thomas Ross Ltd. in the United
Restrikes use the same plates as the original, but are second-generation
prints made after the original run. The time between an original pull from a
plate and a restrike can range anywhere from a month to several centuries.
While usually less desirable than originals, restrikes are sometimes the only
prints from the original plates that are available, or for that matter, affordable.
These restrikes are not to be confused with the normal type of 'fine art' prints
that are widely available from many galleries or poster stores, which are
generally lithographs produced at varying levels of quality and printed on a
modern type of paper, often not of archival quality. The subtle look and
feel of a genuine intaglio art print, on fine paper along with it's plate mark just
cannot be reproduced using modern methods. The traditional museum
quality method of production ensures these will far outlast normal fine art
See the links above under 'About these prints' to see in detail how the prints are
Above - printing the traditional way at Thomas Ross Ltd.
(This takes about 20 minutes for each large print)