A Rare Set of Six Multi Colour Framed Chromolithographs of British Birds Eggs, after bird artist Archibald Thorburn, each framed image showing up to nine named eggs.
Circa 1900, possibly earlier.
Condition: Very Good with nice fresh unfaded colours, with no foxing.
Offered in later superior double mounts and stylish faux burr walnut frames.
Chromolithograph process explained: This was the earliest true multi-color printing technique pioneered by Godefrey Engleman of France, first commercialized in 1830. Previously, colors had been applied by an artist with a study hand and patience. The term "chromolithograph" is usually reserved for complex colors that replicate a print that displays unique vibrate coloration. The development is based on "lithography" (printing using stone slabs the finest stones came from Germany), whereby each stone prints a separate color on top of the previous one. It was an expensive method as countless stones were needed and each had to be precisely laid to circumvent "ghosting" (where colors appear out of kilter). As many as 40 stones were used creating radiant colored prints which were so popular with Victorian Britain and later in America.
Height: (entire) 13.75" (35cm). Width: 11.75" (30cm).