Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Typical Chromo ... But Not Exactly

A view of Wynnstay Park in Wales, courtesy of eBay seller historicpaper2, who describes it as a "chromolithograph of Wynnstay Park, near Ruabon, Denbigshire, Wales the ancestral home of Baronet Williams-Wynn. Published in Views of the Seats of the Nobility, by F.O. Morris, London 1880. Colour printed in eight or more overlays from separate wooden blocks by Benjamin Fawcett of Driffield 1808-1893, one of the foremost colour-printers of the 19th Century, from original draughts (drawn on the wood) by Frank Lydon".

The only thing wrong with this description is that strictly speaking the image is printed from multiple woodcut blocks, rather than from drawings on lithographic stone. It's a polychrome picture, but not a litho.

We'll keep the distinctions.

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