Lithographs and Bookplates

1894 Hamlet's Ophelia — Photogravure Process Print

Original Artwork by Madeleine Lemaire

Published in 1894 by Selmar Hess (New York), 1894. On heavy plate paper, tissue guard with printed passage from William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Measures appx. 9" wide by 11.75" tall.

Photogravure is a traditional photo-intaglio process that was invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1850. Old Etching PressTalbot found that gelatin sensitized with potassium dichromate would harden when exposed to light. This gelatin affixed to copper allowed him to expose a film positive and etch the copper plate, eventually printing the image with intaglio (etching) ink.

Condition is Good/Very Good, with foxing along the right and bottom edges. No rips, no writing, no folds.

Year/Era: 1894
Condition: Good/Very Good
Inventory no.: 389100173