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Photochromolithography

(Fr.: photochromolithographie)

PHOTOLITHOGRAPHY that made use of more than one color. William Griggs (1832-1911) was a pioneer of photochromolithography. He developed a method of printing in color by first transferring a faint impression on the paper to serve as a key, separating the colors on duplicate negatives by varnishes, then photolithographing each portion on a stone, and finally registering and printing each in its position. From 1868 he produced many beautiful examples of color photolithography at his Peckham works, culminating in the plates for George Frederic Warner’s Illuminated Manuscripts in the British Museum (1902-3). (Nadeau, Encyclopedia, p. xxx.).

Photo-chromolithograph8x6 Photo-chromolithograph on the right (129 x 86 mm; 145 x 102 mm with border). Reduction of CHROMOLITHOGRAPH on the left. Printed by James C. Norbury & Sons, Manchester, 1892

Photo-chromolithograph on the right (129 x 86 mm; 145 x 102 mm with border). Reduction of CHROMOLITHOGRAPH on the left. Printed by James C. Norbury & Sons, Manchester, 1892.