- 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.
Origin of aquatint
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Of these methods only aquatint survived after early years of the 19th century.John Baptist Jackson
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
Aquatint, a method of etching on copper by which a beautiful effect is produced, resembling a fine drawing in sepia or Indian ink.
In these etching merely provides the ground plan for the use of mezzotint, or, more rarely, aquatint.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
- 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
- (tr) to etch (a block, etc) in aquatint
C18: from Italian acqua tinta: dyed water
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Word Origin and History for aquatint
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