Collection: Antique Aquatints

Aquatint is an intaglio printing technique, and is used to create tonal variations rather than lines. It is, in essence, a variety of etching. Intaglio refers to printing and printmaking techniques in which the image is carved into a surface, and the engraved line or sunken area holds the ink. During the 17th Century, there were many attempts made to produce what later became known as aquatint. Eventually in 1768 French printmaker Jean-Baptiste Le Prince found that granulated resin gave the best results. Aquatint grew steadily in popularity, and by the end of the 18th Century it had become the most popular method of producing toned prints. The powdered resin is attached to the printing plate by heating. As in the etching process, the plate is then put in an acid bath, and the acid creates tiny rings around each resin grain, and these hold the ink which gives the effect of a wash when printed. The printed areas are controlled by varnishing the areas the printer wishes to appear white. Graduation in tone is achieved by varying the time in the acid bath.

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  • Interior View of the Brighton Chain Pier - Antique Aquatint 1829
    Interior View of the Brighton Chain Pier - Antique Aquatint 1829
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  • Excavation of Olive Mount 4 Miles from Liverpool - Antique Aquatint 1833
    Excavation of Olive Mount 4 Miles from Liverpool - Antique Aquatint 1833
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  • Viaduct Across the Sankey Valley - Antique Aquatint 1833
    Viaduct Across the Sankey Valley - Antique Aquatint 1833
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  • Entrance into Manchester Across Water Street - Antique Aquatint 1833
    Entrance into Manchester Across Water Street - Antique Aquatint 1833
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  • Brighton Suspension Pier (aka the Chain Pier) - Antique Aquatint circa 1829
    Brighton Suspension Pier (aka the Chain Pier) - Antique Aquatint circa 1829
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  • View of the Marine Pavilion, Brighthelmstone - Antique Aquatint 1792
    View of the Marine Pavilion, Brighthelmstone - Antique Aquatint 1792
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  • Royal Chain Pier Brighton - Antique Aquatint 1824
    Royal Chain Pier Brighton - Antique Aquatint 1824
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  • Tom & Jerry in Trouble After a Spree - Antique Aquatint 1821
    Tom & Jerry in Trouble After a Spree - Antique Aquatint 1821
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  • Crusader Attacked by a Moor - Antique Aquatint circa 1830
    Crusader Attacked by a Moor - Antique Aquatint circa 1830
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  • The 1823 Radlett Murderers - Three Antique Aquatints circa 1825
    The 1823 Radlett Murderers -  Three Antique Aquatints circa 1825
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  • The South Dungeon of Pevensey Castle - Antique Aquatint circa 1820's
    The South Dungeon of Pevensey Castle - Antique Aquatint circa 1820s
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  • Pevensey Bay From Hurstmonceaux Castle - Antique Aquatint circa 1820's
    Pevensey Bay From Hurstmonceaux Castle - Antique Aquatint circa 1820s
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