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(graphic arts)
Lithographic printing with several colors, requiring a stone for each color.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a method of lithographic reproduction of multicolored images, in which a separate printing image is prepared by hand on a stone or zinc plate for each color; an outline is applied initially on the surface of each stone. Chromolithography has been replaced almost entirely by the photomechanical methods used in planographic printing to produce plates.

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Responding to popular demands for religious pictures and entering the middle-class artistic taste, the earliest instance of a chromolithographic picture of the Hindu divinity is, however, 'Saraswati' (Illustration 8) which appeared on the cover of the journal Bharati in July-August 1877.
Jacques Majeur, the chromolithographic Madonna's face and hands are also covered in protective transparent plastic.
Moreover, unlike the earlier sets, in which monochrome designs were transferred to the ceramics and then hand-painted, the designs for the Service parisien were transferred from chromolithographic prints, providing the precise colours that Bracquemond wanted.
The new papers are not hand-blocked and so lack something of the sharpness of the original, which was designed at about the time Pugin was working on his Glossary, of Ecclesiastical Ornament (1844), which is illustrated with vivid chromolithographic plates.
The Carrick chromolithographic copy (comprised of fourteen--not forty--separate successively over-printed states), we have ascertained, recorded both of Turner's steamboats from its earliest stages.
As for Mr Rucinski's bewilderment over a one-boated Carrick chromolithographic reproduction of Turner's Rockets and Blue Lights having apparently been shown at a lecture given in August 2003 at the Clark: possibly this was one of the forty separate-stage proofs that contributed towards finally making up the Carrick print which I mentioned in the very first footnote to my article.
In support of this claim, a one-boated image of the picture was shown that was said to be Robert Carrick's near-contemporaneous chromolithographic copy of the painting and to have been supplied to the Clark by the Yale Center for British Art.