Mondonville, Jean-Joseph de. (1711–1772)

Portrait Engraving

Heliogravure of the French composer after an original etching by Charles-Nicolas Cochin (1715–1790), by a pioneer of this type of photogravure, Charles Amand Durand (1831–1905), ca. 1870s. Slight discoloration along left edge, tipped at edge to support, else very fine.  6.5 x 8.75 inches (16.5 x 22.2 cm.)

Photogravure is an intaglio printmaking or photo-mechanical process whereby a copper plate is grained (adding a pattern to the plate) and then coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue which had been exposed to a film positive, and then etched, resulting in a high quality intaglio plate that can reproduce detailed continuous tones of a photograph.  Because of its high quality and richness, photogravure was used for both original fine art prints and for photo-reproduction of works from other media such as paintings.  In France the correct term for photogravure is héliogravure, while the French term photogravure refers to any photo-based etching technique.


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