Chromolithograph or Colour Lithograph

The beginning of the nineteenth century saw the development of colour printing using a Planographic technique.

In colour lithography a different stone was used for each colour tone or highlight initially there was a chalk stone for the image and a second tint stone for the background but as the process developed more stones were added enabling different colour highlights to be added.

Pins in the corners kept the image printed from each successive stone in accurate register until the desired built up image was completed.

The term colour lithograph or chromolithograph mean the same thing as the printing technique was identical. A chromolithograph however more often refers to a historically significant form of commercial colour lithography.


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