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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  • 'His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales' Pavilion at Brighthelmstone' - Antique Aquatint, 1788
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    £425.00
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    £425.00
  • Brighton New Church - Antique Aquatint, circa 1830
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    £12.00
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    £12.00
  • 'Interior View of Brighton Royal Chain Pier' - Antique Aquatint, circa 1829
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    £185.00
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    £185.00
  • 'View From Richmond Hill' - Antique Aquatint, circa 1828
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    £115.00
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    £115.00
  • 'George Town, near Pulo, Penang' - Antique Aquatint, circa 1818
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    £135.00
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    £135.00
  • 'The Pavilion Brighton, West View' - Aquatint, circa 1835
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    £195.00
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    £195.00
  • 'Brighton New Church' (dedicated to St Peter) - Aquatint, circa 1830
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    £195.00
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    £195.00
  • 'Merton' (Surrey) - Aquatint, circa 1800
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    £65.00
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    £65.00
  • 'Dining Room, Royal Pavilion, Brighton' - Aquatint, 1808
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    £58.00
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    £58.00
  • 'Chain Pier at Brighton During the Late Tempest' - Antique Aquatint circa 1880
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    £145.00
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    £145.00
  • 'The Billiard Table' - Antique Aquatint, 1823
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    £78.00
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    £78.00
  • 'Lynmouth on the Coast of North Devon' - Antique Aquatint 1814
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    £68.00
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    £68.00
  • 'Time Has Not Thinned My Flowing Hair' - Stipple Engraving circa 1830
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    £95.00
  • 'The Pavilion at Brighton' - Aquatint 1821
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    £150.00
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    £150.00
  • 'The Chain Pier at Brighton with Characters' - Aquatint circa 1870's
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    £295.00
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    £295.00
  • Wonderfully Decorative Antique Print of Marie Antoinette
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    £120.00