Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A process of etching capable of producing several tones by varying the etching time of different areas of a copper plate so that the resulting print resembles the flat tints of an ink or wash drawing.
  • n. An etching made by this process.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of etching with acid on a plate partially covered with varnish that produces a print somewhat resembling a watercolour.
  • n. An etching or print made using this method.
  • v. To make such etchings.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • v. to etch in aquatint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An etching process by which prints imitating the broad flat tints of India ink, bister, or sepia drawings are produced.
  • n. An engraving executed by the aquatint process.
  • n. Also aquatinta.
  • Pertaining to this method of etching.
  • To etch in aquatint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. etch in aquatint
  • n. a method of etching that imitates the broad washes of a water color
  • n. an etching made by a process that makes it resemble a water color

Etymologies

French aquatinte, from Italian acquatinta : acqua, water (from Latin aqua; see aqua) + tinta, dyed (from Latin tincta, feminine past participle of tingere, to dye).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian acquatinta dyed water. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Who cares that it was a masterpiece of what is known as the Sarasota Style: Sandy soil, aquatint waters, flashes of purples and reds and yellows, intense heat under the sun, and a surprising coolness in the shade make Sarasota, Florida, a subtropical paradise.

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  • In these works from 1991, large-scale sheets and smaller works on paper executed in etching and aquatint, he employs an eloquent Picasso-like line with masterful draftsmanship and bravura, giving sly reference to Picasso, Dali, Velazquez, etc.

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  • His etching "Place de la Rebublique a Rouen" (1883) and "Paysage sous bois" (1879) an etching and aquatint, neither of which was intended for circulation, are both featured at Caen.

    Denise Dennis: Normandy: Rare Prints Exhibited at Caen

  • In 1807 an aquatint by him of Parliament Bridge, Cork was published.

    Frederick Calvert

  • As if all this weren't enough, the visitor-friendly show also offers wall-panel introductions to each segment in French, Spanish and English, and a small side gallery demonstrating the various techniques of copper-plate engraving -- etching, dry point, burin, aquatint -- and lithography.

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  • "Picasso & Women" exhibits 81 prints depicting women by Picasso, displaying different techniques such as etching, drypoint, lithography, aquatint and linocut.

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  • As farmers are not aquatint with this kind of equipment, It is best to provide these in order to stress the importance for adequate operation of the biogas unit.

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  • The results were now before me in twenty-one small vignettes on wood, (of not much account,) and of as many large aquatint engravings, (George can aquatint as well as etch,) crowded with figures, and displaying the unmistakable and inimitable

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865

  • The letter-press portraits, drawn by the hack author, of a party of English tourists are but foul and stupid libels; but their aquatint portraits, as bitten in by George Cruikshank, are, albeit exaggerated, true in many respects to Nature.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865

  • Of these methods only aquatint survived after early years of the 19th century.

    John Baptist Jackson 18th-Century Master of the Color Woodcut

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