Aquatint



a process imitating the broad flat tints of ink or wash drawings by etching a microscopic crackle on the copperplate intended for printing.
an etching made by this process.
to etch in aquatint.
Historical Examples

The terms were, that Turner was to etch and Lewis to aquatint at five guineas a plate.
Turner William Cosmo Monkhouse

The plate has a wash of aquatint, all over it, and the etching is free and bold.
Rowlandson the Caricaturist. First Volume Joseph Grego

He did aquatint work and drew upon stone for the lithographers.
Catalogue of the Gallery of Art of The New York Historical Society anonymous

aquatint, a method of etching on copper by which a beautiful effect is produced, resembling a fine drawing in sepia or Indian ink.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2 Various

From the extreme delicacy of the aquatint Engravings of this Work, a limited number of Impressions only can be taken from them.
Chronicles of London Bridge Richard Thompson

In these etching merely provides the ground plan for the use of mezzotint, or, more rarely, aquatint.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia Various

The engravings are in aquatint by Landseer and Lewis after the designs of Thurston.
A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 1 of 3) Various

In aquatint it must be dampened more, about six dry sheets coming to one wet one.
The Invention of Lithography Alois Senefelder

The intermediate plates are landscapes, after anonymous artists, engraved in aquatint by Hassell and others.
Rowlandson the Caricaturist. Second Volume Joseph Grego

With the exception of the aquatint processes, good printing can be done with dry but unsized paper.
The Invention of Lithography Alois Senefelder

noun
a technique of etching copper with acid to produce an effect resembling the flat tones of wash or watercolour. The tone or tint is obtained by acid (aqua) biting through the pores of a ground that only partially protects the copper
an etching made in this way
verb
(transitive) to etch (a block, etc) in aquatint
n.

1782, “engraving made with aqua fortis,” from Italian acquatinta, from Latin aqua tincta “dyed water;” see aqua- + tinct.

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