Used for large volume mechanical printing from the mid nineteenth century, the collotype process is similar to photogravure in that the image is set onto a metal plate, but although capable of rendering fine detail, requires much less print preparation and therefore was used to print such things as postcards.

My picture today has been processed to have the appearance of an early twentieth century postcard, and , coincidently reminds me of my father’s pencil drawing technique. He was particularly fond of drawing architecture and we have many highly detailed drawings by him of the cathedrals of England.

The Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin at Hereford dates from 1079.



3 thoughts on “Collotype

    • That would be a huge challenge as a drawing, Scott, and at present I’m very happy with my Monday evening life drawing……even though architectural straight lines are are easier than the curvaceous contours of a model ……

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