Dec 262014

Azaleas and Rhododendrons Chromolithographs

Azaleas and Rhododendrons Chromolithographs! Azaleas, vintage lithographs. Date 1845-1896. Vibrant colors!! Fantastic old lithographs of hot vibrant colored flowers. Azaleas by Linden produced from 1869-1896 in Belgium. The azaleas here were published in Belgium, one from 1845 and one from 1896. These STUNNING old azalea chromolithographs were hand finished with water colors. In this antique printing method, every color was applied with an individual limestone plate. A special kind of limestone came out of a certain part of Germany. The limestone had the right porosity to create a lithograph. The process is similar to silkscreening today. After each color was applied meticulously by lithographer, the image was finished by hand with gum Arabic, almuben, and/or watercolors. The artwork is exemplary of Belgian botanical illustrations published during this time period.  Some have folds as they were issued on a periodic basis.  They measure about 10 1/2″ x 14″ and matt up perfectly to 16×20.” Click here to contact us.

Lithography is an antique printing method. Generally a lithograph was printed in one color. A type of greasy crayon was used to draw onto a special type of limestone, with just the right porosity. After the image was completed, the limestone was emerged into nitric acid, burning away what was not under the greasy crayon, leaving that portion in relief. It was inked up and printed. The image frequently was illuminated with water colors.

Chromolithography is an antique printing method whereas each color was printed from a key stoned limestone plate. An extended version of lithography, quite laborious requiring a very skilled craftsman to get the registration just right and not distorted. Botanical illustrations done this way were frequently hand finished with water colors and almubin, egg whites or gum Arabic to enhance the image.

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