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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 2815

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

Edward Thomas
by Robin Craig Guthrie
after 1917
NPG D7663

Jane Ellen Harrison
by Theo van Rysselberghe
NPG 5220

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

Leon Kossoff
by Leon Kossoff
NPG 5772

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

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