Monochrome

Monochrome denotes one colour and in art and film photography traditionally refers to black and white. In the use of ink for drawings, monochrome can also refer to combinations containing only tones of a single colour, such as blue or shades of brown. Monochrome can also refer to sepia where works can be made up from a number of tones of a specific colour depending on the the intensity (dark) and lucidity (light) in the image. In early photography monochromatic images were produced by methods such as ambrotype and daguerreotype.

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Robert Dighton, by Robert Dighton, circa 1787 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Dighton
by Robert Dighton
circa 1787
NPG 2815

Maria Edgeworth, by Richard Beard, 1841 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Maria Edgeworth
by Richard Beard
1841
NPG P5

James Boswell, by James Brownlee Hunter, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds, late 19th century - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

James Boswell
by James Brownlee Hunter, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
late 19th century
NPG 4344

Sir Charles Wheatstone and his family, by Antoine Claudet, circa 1851-1852 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Charles Wheatstone and his family
by Antoine Claudet
circa 1851-1852
NPG P154

Edward Thomas, by Robin Craig Guthrie, after 1917 - NPG  - © estate of Robin Craig Guthrie / National Portrait Gallery, London

Edward Thomas
by Robin Craig Guthrie
after 1917
NPG D7663

Jane Ellen Harrison, by Theo van Rysselberghe, 1925 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jane Ellen Harrison
by Theo van Rysselberghe
1925
NPG 5220

Sir Alfred Theodore Vaughan Robinson, by Walter Stoneman, copied February 1942 (1939) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Alfred Theodore Vaughan Robinson
by Walter Stoneman
copied February 1942 (1939)
NPG x6964

Leon Kossoff, by Leon Kossoff, 1981 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Leon Kossoff
by Leon Kossoff
1981
NPG 5772

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