Magnolia Campbelli by Verschaffelt
Hand colored Belgian lithograph, 1859. $75. In Stock. 8.5″ x 10.75″
Lithography is an antique printing method used extensively from the 1830’s through about 1880. Generally a lithograph was printed in one color: Black. A type of greasy crayon was used to draw onto a special type of limestone, with just the right porosity., it generally came from Germany. After the image was completely drawn onto the limestone slab, or plate, 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 color. Later as printing progressed, hand coloring with water colors was replaced with printed colors requiring individual limestone plates for each and every color, hence the word chromolithograph.