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  1. chrysotypenoun

    A photograph taken on paper prepared by the use of a sensitive salt of iron and developed by the application of gold chloride.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chrysotypenoun

    a photographic picture taken upon paper prepared by the use of a sensitive salt of iron and developed by the application of chloride of gold

    Etymology: [Gr. chryso`s gold + -type.]

  2. Chrysotypenoun

    2process, invented by Sir J.Herschel

    Etymology: [Gr. chryso`s gold + -type.]


  1. Chrysotype

    Chrysotype is a photographic process invented by John Herschel in 1842. Named from the Greek for "gold", it uses colloidal gold to record images on paper. Herschel's system involved coating paper with ferric citrate, exposing it to the sun in contact with an etching used as mask, then developing the print with a chloroaurate solution. This did not provide continuous-tone photographs. In 2006, 164 years after Herschel's work with gold printing, photographers Liam Lawless and Robert Wolfgang Schramm published a formula based on Herschel's process. Following the introduction of Richard Sullivan's ziatype process in 1997, which uses ammonium ferric oxalate to print out palladium images, many photographers began experimenting successfully with substituting gold for some or all of the palladium. Image quality decays rapidly as the printer approaches 100% gold in a ziatype print. The modern chemist and photographic historian Dr Mike Ware published the first books covering the subject of chrysotype in 2006, 'The Chrysotype Manual: the science and practice of photographic printing in gold' and 'Gold in Photography: the history and art of chrysotype'.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chrysotype

    kris′o-tīp, n. a process of taking pictures by photography, on paper impregnated with a neutral solution of chloride of gold. [Gr. chrysos, gold, typos, impression.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chrysotype in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chrysotype in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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