- OLD PRINTS
- Rotogravure Newspaper Pictorials
- 1922 Tibet Lamas Mt Everest Shekar Dzong Monastery Rotogravure
1922 Tibet Lamas Mt Everest Shekar Dzong Monastery Rotogravure
We are pleased to offer a historic 92+ year old ORIGINAL Rotogravure print titled Lofty Mountains and Strange People of Tibet. This beautiful 1922 vintage Sepia print is 10.5" x 16" (PP0037)
"Region of Shekar Dzong in the almost inaccessible country of Tibet, of which less is really known than almost any other section of the globe. In foreground are tents of the Mount Everest explorating expedition."
"Group of Lamas or Tibetan Priests at Shekan-Tchi Monastery, one of the most important centres of their religion. The priesthood is almost omnipotent in that country and largely controls the secular power."
Good Condition with some very light toning to the page due to age. There are a few small closed tears present along the border. See photos. Please note that there is printing on the reverse side of the page.
Gravure printing originated in the early nineteenth century. The process did not become widespread until the early twentieth century, however, when newspapers embraced this new technology. Characterized by quality halftone reproductions printed at high speed on a variety of paper stock, gravure printing allowed the newspaper industry to reproduce photographs and art work on a mass scale on inexpensive newsprint paper.
The technology adopted by newspapers is more precisely called rotogravure?gravure printing from an etched cylinder as opposed to a flat plate. Unlike the letterpress, which uses raised or relief printing, gravure uses intaglio printing, in which metal is etched with recessed "cells" to hold the ink. The process was first used in art reproduction because of its high quality tonal gradation and color depth. From this process evolved photogravure?gravure printing where a plate is etched from a photographic image. Fox Talbot of Great Britain produced the first photographic negatives in 1852. Karl Klic (Klitsch or Klietsch) modified Talbot's process in 1879 by using copper cylinders (instead of plates) for rotary printing and rotogravure was born.