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(graphic arts)
Lithographic printing with several colors, requiring a stone for each color.



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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Stone lithography (known as chromolithography when varied colors were used), a very exacting and beautiful form of printing, was popular between 1895 and 1915.
The new printing techniques of chromolithography allowed the forms to grow more solid and tactile, even as the colours and settings became more heavy and loud.
The enterprise term in the subtitle attains significance through the author's investigation of Bierstadt's promotion of his large landscapes through the use of theatrical presentations, and through his use of emerging technological advances in photography and chromolithography in the reproduction and marketing of prints of his paintings.
In the last century, only 10 major exhibitions were held on images that were printed in colour before mass production was introduced with chromolithography around 1830; today, 10 are planned in the next five years.
This was a valuable addition, for while we already owned a broken copy of George Ashdown Audsley's TheArt of Chromolithography Popularly Explained (1833), whose twenty-two progressive proofs demonstrate the creation of a single chromolithograph, we did not yet own an example of a lithostone with progressive proofs made from it.
Till the time chromolithography and colour printing came into vogue, manuscript maps were sold uncoloured.
It was not long before multi-coloured printed images were made with this process, but surprisingly it was not named until the 1850s as chromolithography.
At the same time, chromolithography allowed mechanical printing to replace much hand painting on tin plated toys.
The appeal and quality of 19th-century chromolithography has long been overlooked," said Michael N.
By the century's end, competing technologies, especially photography and chromolithography, overshadowed hand-colored lithography.
By 1870, he owned perhaps two-thirds of the steam presses in America and had perfected the colour printing process of chromolithography.
In the late nineteenth century, however, a decline set in due to the advent of chromolithography, an urban-based industrial process that made it possible to produce high-quality decorative images on a commercial scale at a lower price.