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A printing method in which printing is done from a plate etched with a pattern of recessed cells in which the ink is held. The greater the depth of a cell, the greater the intensity of the printed ink. Gravure plates are expensive to make, but the process is economical for high-volume printing and reproduces illustrations well.

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Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey
by The Autotype Company, after John Singer Sargent
NPG D20767

Sir Edmund William Gosse
by The Autotype Company, after Frank Dicksee
NPG D20806

H.G. Wells
after Sir David Low
circa 1920-1928
NPG D4735

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Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

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