Definition of Aquatint

1. Noun. An etching made by a process that makes it resemble a water color.

Generic synonyms: Etching

2. Verb. Etch in aquatint.
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production
Generic synonyms: Etch

3. Noun. A method of etching that imitates the broad washes of a water color.
Generic synonyms: Engraving, Etching

Definition of Aquatint

1. n. A kind of etching in which spaces are bitten by the use of aqua fortis, by which an effect is produced resembling a drawing in water colors or India ink; also, the engraving produced by this method.

Definition of Aquatint

1. Noun. A form of etching with acid on a plate partially covered with varnish that produces a print somewhat resembling a watercolour. ¹

2. Noun. An etching or print made using this method. ¹

3. Verb. To make such etchings. ¹

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Definition of Aquatint

1. to etch, using a certain process [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Aquatint

aquatic bird
aquatic centre
aquatic fern
aquatic mammal
aquatic plant
aquatic root
aquatic vertebrate
aquatic warbler
aquatic warblers
aquatint (current term)

Literary usage of Aquatint

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Short History of Engraving & Etching, for the Use of Collectors and by Arthur Mayger Hindm (1908)
"His etchings in line date from 176o, but none of his aquatint plates are dated before 1768, ... His aquatint is always combined with a liberal use of line. ..."

2. English Coloured Books by Martin Hardie (1906)
"Six of the ten aquatint plates are in colours, and all are engraved by J. Hamble after Clark. A second edition appeared in 1812. ..."

3. The Graphic Arts: A Treatise on the Varieties of Drawing, Painting, and by Philip Gilbert Hamerton (1891)
"aquatint AND MEZZOTINT. ... The principle on which aquatint is founded may be understood by a simple experiment ..."

4. Chats on Old Prints by Arthur Hayden (1906)
"To know the exact number of minutes to allow the acid to bite is one of the greatest difficulties in aquatint engraving. It varies very surprisingly even ..."

5. The Connoisseur by Bonnell Thornton, George Colman, Mr Town, George Lyttelton Lyttelton (1902)
"Of this boy Debucourt has left a charming portrait in an aquatint, which is the so-called П Enfant an Chat of De Concourt—a print which, it may be added, ..."

6. The Grammar of Painting and Engraving by Charles Blanc (1874)
"The aquatint was skilfully managed by the inventor, whose first prints passed ... The Spaniard Goya, used the aquatint successfully, making it an element of ..."

7. How to Appreciate Prints by Frank Weitenkampf (1908)
"CHAPTER V aquatint AND OTHER TINT METHODS THE desire to present tones and not lines only has led to various devices for printing tints. ..."

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