The Naver Ceremony | The First Ablution

PhotographerShapoor N. Bhedwar


MediumWoodbury gravure

JournalThe Photogram 1894

AtelierWaterlow & Sons Limited (London)


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Allegorical, Children, Interiors, Nudes, Prayer, Religion


Image Dimensions: 14.5 x 9.9 cm | April
Support Dimensions: 24.0 x 15.7 cm | cream paper with impressed faux-plate mark

The following editorial excerpt comment discussing the photo-mechanical method of reproduction for The Naver Ceremony | The First Ablution appears on p. 90 of the April issue:


THE supplement this month is gratifying to us in many respects. Artistically, the subject is a very fine one, even if we admit Mr. Gleeson White’s criticism with regard to the expression of the principal figure. The method by which it is reproduced is new in detail, and is one that should take a good place in book illustration, for the effect is very beautiful and infinitely variable, and the cost is small. It is called by its producers Glyptogravure, and, we believe, is the first example published by them. Next month we hope to have a very effective supplement by another of their new processes, which has never been used except for one private order. It is specially gratifying to us to be able to introduce two new methods of illustration to the world in two successive issues; and none the less so because both are modifications of our old friend collotype. Waterlow and Sons, Ld., have spent an immense amount of capital and labour in modifying and simplifying more than one of the photo-processes, and in the early future we hope to introduce still further examples of their success.

And from America, a correction of sorts issued later in the month of April by The Photographic Times:

The April Number of The Photogram is equal in every way to the previous issues and contains some interesting matter. We must, however, take exception to the statement that the supplement illustration is by a new process—a modification of the collotype. It is called by a new name, glyptogravure, but it is in reality a Woodbury type print, by what is now known as the “clear margin method.” The print is transferred to another support, as in carbon printing, and thus the necessity of mounting is avoided. It also gives to the picture a mat surface. The process was invented several years ago now, and is termed Woodbury gravure.  (1.)

print recto: upper left corner: Supplement to The Photogram | lower margin outside faux plate border: Glyptogravure by Waterlow & Sons Limited.

Shapoor N. Bhedwar  (b. 1858)

1.  Editorial Notes: in: The Photographic Times: New York:  April 27, 1894: p. 259

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