Definition of photogravure in US English:



  • 1An image produced from a photographic negative transferred to a metal plate and etched in.

    • ‘By the 1880s, and the last two years of Darwin's life, virtually all that the public saw in published photographs and photogravures were his beard, his hat, and his eyes.’
    • ‘A photogravure of the baptistery-chapel in 1897 shows the structure exactly as it stands today, but illustrations of the three large mosaics in the same publication differ significantly from the finished works.’
    • ‘He couched the painting in the nostalgic language of loss and remembrance that would become the true motor powering its celebrity and devoted one of only twelve of the book's full-page photogravures to illustrating it.’
    • ‘Traditionally, photogravures have been small prints (8 by 10 inches or smaller), with a quality level higher than that of offset reproduction but lower than that of fine art prints.’
    • ‘Mills may have paid a record price, but Goupil still owned the copyright, which enabled him to reproduce the composition again in 1877 as a photogravure.’
    picture, drawing, sketch, figure, graphic
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    1. 1.1 The production of photogravure images.
      • ‘Finally, several of Gornik's charcoal drawings, such as Roman Light, represent dark trees against clear, watery skies with a limpidity and directness that evoke landscape photogravure.’
      • ‘At the Gallerie Laage-Salomon, Moffatt's series ‘Landanum’ exploited the photogravure in order to depict a complex homoerotic drama between two women separated by race, age and class.’
      • ‘Also, it deals with digital images; photogravure; color printing; and preparing, making and painting an intaglio plate.’
      • ‘In the mid 19th century, Scottish photographers were among the first to use the variety of photographically linked techniques such as the calotype, daguerreotype and photogravure.’
      • ‘He died in 1877, just as he was further perfecting the art of photogravure, and literally as he was writing up a history of his invention of photography.’


Late 19th century: from French, from photo- ‘relating to light’ + gravure ‘engraving’.