This is an original 1900 photogravure of the Letitia Street House built for Thomas Chalkley in Philadelphia and erroneously thought to have been owned by William Penn. In 1883 the house was relocated to Fairmount Park to serve as a public museum.
Period Paper is pleased to offer an exceptional collection of historic original photogravures of the architecture, landscape, and famous landmarks of the United States. These images capture in excellent detail the America of the late 19th century making these wonderful print items for the collector of American history. The spectacular image resolution of these photogravures is the best we've seen to date. The actual border around the photogravure is slightly larger than what is shown in the digital image. However, we wanted to show you the actual image up close and the dimensions provided next to the "Size" above indicate the size of the actual photogravure only. The total size is approximately one inch larger in width and height. Some items have light foxing in the outer margins which usually does not affect the image--please see the condition descriptions. These original photogravures are not to be confused with the more common halftone prints. Each of these photogravures was created from an engraved plate and provides exceptional detail, contrast, warmth, and depth, making them excellent original images for framing.
The Photogravure Process. A photogravure is a photographic image produced from an engraving plate--an expensive and rarely used process today. Through the transfer of etching ink from an etched copperplate to special dampened paper run through an etching press, this process creates an image that registers an extraordinary variety of tones. This unique tonal range comes from photogravure's variable depth of etch--the shadows are etched many times deeper than the highlights unlike the halftone processes that merely vary dot size. The prints produced via this process have the subtle tones of a photograph and the art quality of a lithograph, making them extraordinarily collectible items.
This 111+ year old Item is rated Very Fine / Fine. No creases. No tears. No water damage. There are some light foxing spots in the outer white margin which extend slightly into the image--please see image.