Exciting New Additions of 19th Century Antique Cassell Dog Lithographs from our Travelling Show Collection: “Cats Dogs”. Bull Terrier Tarquin-Dalmatian Captain, both were champion dogs. A beautiful antique dog lithograph in stunning condition from 1890.
Each of these beautiful antique lithographs were published in London, England in 1890. Revered as some of the most beautiful antique lithographs of dogs ever published on the subject. Exemplary of the technique of color lithography, each antique dog print measures 8 1/2 x 11 1/4″.
This 19th Century color lithograph of Bull Terrier Tarquin-Dalmatian Captain was an attempt to duplicate the effect of an oil painting.
Color lithography was a process whereas each and every color was meticulously added, one step at a time, from lightest to darkest. A smooth slab of limestone, which was porous enough to become a lithograph, the illustration was transferred onto and drawn onto the “limestone plate” with a type of greasy crayon. Once completed, the limestone plate was emerged into nitric acid which burnt away everything except for what was underneath the greasy crayon. The grease was then wiped off and that which was in relief was the part of the “lithograph” for the intended color. As you can imagine, the lithographer had to be extremely precise to get the registration perfect and sellable. 19th Century color lithography was an attempt to duplicate the effect of an oil painting. It was this same antique printing method that was utilized in the posters such as the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.