Definition of photogravure in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    picture, drawing, sketch, figure, graphic
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    1. 1.1 The production of photogravure images.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also, it deals with digital images; photogravure; color printing; and preparing, making and painting an intaglio plate.’


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