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Chromolithography or chromo-lithography is the art of producing pictures, designs, cards, etc., in various colors by means of lithography, printing from metal blocks, etc. The ordinary methods are:

(1) Traditional chromolithography, in which a tracing of the original picture, or the like, is first made and a copy transferred to as many stones as there are colors in the original, every color requiring a fresh stone. The drawing on each stone is made to fit in, or register, with the preceding one, and as the paper passes through the machine an additional color is added every time, and thus the picture is built up color upon color (each being allowed to dry before the next is put on) until it is completed. Some chromos or oleographs may have as many as 25 or 30 printings or colors.

(2) Block or surface color-printing is specially adapted for book illustrations or similar work where nicety of detail or rapidity is required. As in chromo-lithography various printings are necessary; but these, while producing similar effects, are reduced in number by a method of printing several tints of the same color at one operation.

Each block, which is usually of zinc and prepared in the usual way, is capable of producing three or more gradations of the same color; the darkest shade from the normal surface, lighter shades being got from parts which have been bitten or corroded in an almost imperceptible degree—the deeper corrosions giving, of course, the lightest shade. When all the tints of one color are thus printed from one block and at one operation, a second block with gradations, in the same way, is used, registering as in chromo-lithography, and so on until the picture is finished.

References:

Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)

Available Books

Book Title Date
Chromolithography - A Book of Porcelain A Book of Porcelain 1910
Chromolithography - A Day in the Siskiyous A Day in the Siskiyous 1916
Chromolithography - A Wanderer in Florence A Wanderer in Florence 1912
Chromolithography - A Wanderer in Holland A Wanderer in Holland 1905
Chromolithography - A Wanderer in London A Wanderer in London 1906
Chromolithography - A Wanderer in Paris A Wanderer in Paris 1909
Chromolithography - Abbotsford Painted and Described Abbotsford Painted and Described 1905
Chromolithography - Alaska, Our Beautiful Northland of Opportunity Alaska, Our Beautiful Northland of Opportunity 1919
Chromolithography - Algeria and Tunis, Painted and Described Algeria and Tunis, Painted and Described 1906
Chromolithography - Alpine Flowers and Gardens, Painted and Described Alpine Flowers and Gardens, Painted and Described 1910
Chromolithography - An Artist in Egypt An Artist in Egypt 1912
Chromolithography - Arizona, The Wonderland Arizona, The Wonderland 1917
Chromolithography - Australia, Painted and Described Australia, Painted and Described 1910
Chromolithography - Austria: Her People and Their Homelands Austria: Her People and Their Homelands 1913
Chromolithography - Back to Sunny Seas Back to Sunny Seas 1905
Chromolithography - Beautiful Pasadena California Beautiful Pasadena California 1920
Chromolithography - Beautiful Wales Painted and Described Beautiful Wales Painted and Described 1905
Chromolithography - Belgium, Painted and Described Belgium, Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - Birds of Britain Birds of Britain 1907
Chromolithography - Bonnie Scotland Painted and Described Bonnie Scotland Painted and Described 1912
Chromolithography - Brabant and East Flanders, Painted and Described Brabant and East Flanders, Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - Bruges and West Flanders, Painted and Described Bruges and West Flanders, Painted and Described 1906
Chromolithography - Burma, Painted and Described Burma, Painted and Described 1905
Chromolithography - California, Romantic and Beautiful California, Romantic and Beautiful 1914
Chromolithography - Canada, Painted and Described Canada, Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - Canterbury Painted and Described Canterbury Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - Chelsea and Chelsea-Derby China Chelsea and Chelsea-Derby China 1909
Chromolithography - Colorado, The Queen Jewel of the Rockies Colorado, The Queen Jewel of the Rockies 1918
Chromolithography - Constantinople Painted and Described Constantinople Painted and Described 1906
Chromolithography - Cornwall Painted and Described Cornwall Painted and Described 1915
Chromolithography - Deeside Painted and Described Deeside Painted and Described 1911
Chromolithography - Devon : Its Moorlands, Streams, & Coasts Devon : Its Moorlands, Streams, & Coasts 1913
Chromolithography - Dresden China Dresden China 1909
Chromolithography - Dutch Bulbs and Gardens, Painted and Described Dutch Bulbs and Gardens, Painted and Described 1909
Chromolithography - Edinburgh Painted and Described Edinburgh Painted and Described 1904
Chromolithography - Egypt, Painted and Described Egypt, Painted and Described 1902
Chromolithography - Egyptian Birds Egyptian Birds 1909
Chromolithography - Familiar London Painted by Rose Barton Familiar London Painted by Rose Barton 1904
Chromolithography - Famous Colonial Houses Famous Colonial Houses 1921
Chromolithography - Florence & Some Tuscan Cities Painted and Described Florence & Some Tuscan Cities Painted and Described 1905
Chromolithography - From the North Foreland to Penzance From the North Foreland to Penzance 1908
Chromolithography - Galloway Painted and Described Galloway Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - Gardens of England, Painted and Described Gardens of England, Painted and Described 1911
Chromolithography - Geneva, Painted and Described Geneva, Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - Germany, Painted and Described Germany, Painted and Described 1912
Chromolithography - Greece Painted and Described Greece Painted and Described 1906
Chromolithography - Happy England Painted and Described Happy England Painted and Described 1909
Chromolithography - Highlands and Islands of Scotland Painted and Described Highlands and Islands of Scotland Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - Hungary, Painted and Described Hungary, Painted and Described 1909
Chromolithography - In the Track of Moors In the Track of Moors 1905
Chromolithography - Ireland Painted and Described Ireland Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - Isle of Man Painted and Described Isle of Man Painted and Described 1909
Chromolithography - Isle of Wight Painted and Described Isle of Wight Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - Jamaica, Painted and Described Jamaica, Painted and Described 1906
Chromolithography - Japanese Porcelain Japanese Porcelain 1909
Chromolithography - Kashmir, Painted and Described Kashmir, Painted and Described 1911
Chromolithography - Kew Gardens, Painted and Described Kew Gardens, Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - La Côte d'Émeraude, Painted and Described La Côte d'Émeraude, Painted and Described 1912
Chromolithography - Lake Michigan to Puget Sound Lake Michigan to Puget Sound 1923
Chromolithography - Lancashire Painted and Described Lancashire Painted and Described 1921
Chromolithography - Lausanne, Painted and Described Lausanne, Painted and Described 1909
Chromolithography - Letters from the Holy land Letters from the Holy land 1906
Chromolithography - Liege and the Ardennes, Painted and Described Liege and the Ardennes, Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - Liverpool Painted and Described Liverpool Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - London on Thames in Bygone Days London on Thames in Bygone Days 1903
Chromolithography - London to the Nore Painted and Described London to the Nore Painted and Described 1905
Chromolithography - Maine of the Sea and Pines Maine of the Sea and Pines 1928
Chromolithography - Malta, Painted and Described Malta, Painted and Described 1910
Chromolithography - Middlesex Painted and Described Middlesex Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - Monaco and Monte Carlo Monaco and Monte Carlo 1912
Chromolithography - Montreux, Painted and Described Montreux, Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - More Sea Fights of the Great War More Sea Fights of the Great War 1919
Chromolithography - More Wanderings in London More Wanderings in London 1916
Chromolithography - Morocco, Painted and Described Morocco, Painted and Described 1904
Chromolithography - Moscow, Painted and Described Moscow, Painted and Described 1912
Chromolithography - Naples, Painted and Described Naples, Painted and Described 1904
Chromolithography - New England Highways and Byways from a Motorcar New England Highways and Byways from a Motorcar 1924
Chromolithography - New Mexico, The Land of the Delight Makers New Mexico, The Land of the Delight Makers 1920
Chromolithography - New York, The Empire City New York, The Empire City 1910
Chromolithography - New Zealand, Painted and Described New Zealand, Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - Norfolk and Suffolk Painted and Described Norfolk and Suffolk Painted and Described 1921
Chromolithography - North Devon Painted and Described North Devon Painted and Described 1906
Chromolithography - Northern Spain, Painted and Described Northern Spain, Painted and Described 1906
Chromolithography - Norway, Painted and Described Norway, Painted and Described 1905
Chromolithography - Nuremberg, Painted and Described Nuremberg, Painted and Described 1905
Chromolithography - Ohio, the Beautiful and Historic Ohio, the Beautiful and Historic 1931
Chromolithography - Old Bow China Old Bow China 1909
Chromolithography - Old Chinese Porcelain Old Chinese Porcelain 1909
Chromolithography - On Old-World Highways On Old-World Highways 1914
Chromolithography - On Sunset Highways On Sunset Highways 1915
Chromolithography - Oregon, the Picturesque Oregon, the Picturesque 1917
Chromolithography - Oregon's Famous Columbia River Highway Oregon's Famous Columbia River Highway 1920
Chromolithography - Ottawa and Vicinity Ottawa and Vicinity 1900
Chromolithography - Oxford Painted and Described Oxford Painted and Described 1903
Chromolithography - Picturesque Okanagan Picturesque Okanagan 1910
Chromolithography - Picturesque Souvenir of Gananoque and Thousand Islands Picturesque Souvenir of Gananoque and Thousand Islands 1910
Chromolithography - Picturesque Vancouver B.C. Picturesque Vancouver B.C. 1910
Chromolithography - Picturesque Vancouver B.C. Picturesque Vancouver B.C. 1911
Chromolithography - Picturesque Victoria Picturesque Victoria 1910
Chromolithography - Pompeii, Painted and Described Pompeii, Painted and Described 1910
Chromolithography - Provincial Russia, Painted and Described Provincial Russia, Painted and Described 1913
Chromolithography - Rome, Painted and Described Rome, Painted and Described 1905
Chromolithography - Royal Sèvres China Royal Sèvres China 1909
Chromolithography - Russia, Painted and Described Russia, Painted and Described 1913
Chromolithography - Scottish Life and Character Scottish Life and Character 1906
Chromolithography - Seven Wonderlands of the American West Seven Wonderlands of the American West 1925
Chromolithography - Sicily, Painted and Described Sicily, Painted and Described 1911
Chromolithography - Sketches on the Old Road Through France to Florence Sketches on the Old Road Through France to Florence 1904
Chromolithography - South America, Painted and Described South America, Painted and Described 1912
Chromolithography - South Devon Painted and Described South Devon Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - Southern India, Painted and Described Southern India, Painted and Described 1914
Chromolithography - Southern Spain, Painted and Described Southern Spain, Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - Souvenir Album of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Souvenir Album of Jesuit Colleges and Universities 1918
Chromolithography - Souvenir from San Diego and Vicinity California Souvenir from San Diego and Vicinity California 1915
Chromolithography - Souvenir of Brockville, Ont. Souvenir of Brockville, Ont. 1910
Chromolithography - Souvenir of Calgary, Alta. Souvenir of Calgary, Alta. 1912
Chromolithography - Souvenir of Daytona and Daytona Beach, Florida Souvenir of Daytona and Daytona Beach, Florida 1917
Chromolithography - Souvenir of Edmonton, Alta. Souvenir of Edmonton, Alta. 1910
Chromolithography - Souvenir of Lethbridge, Alta. Souvenir of Lethbridge, Alta. 1910
Chromolithography - Souvenir of Montreal Souvenir of Montreal 1910
Chromolithography - Souvenir of Quebec Souvenir of Quebec 1910
Chromolithography - Souvenir of St. John N.B. Souvenir of St. John N.B. 1910
Chromolithography - Souvenir of the Rockies [Canadian Rockies] Souvenir of the Rockies [Canadian Rockies] 1910
Chromolithography - Souvenir of Winnipeg-Manitoba Souvenir of Winnipeg-Manitoba 1911
Chromolithography - St. Petersburg, Painted and Described St. Petersburg, Painted and Described 1910
Chromolithography - Stained Glass of the Middle Ages in England and France Stained Glass of the Middle Ages in England and France 1913
Chromolithography - Sunset Canada, British Columbia and Beyond Sunset Canada, British Columbia and Beyond 1918
Chromolithography - Surrey Painted and Described Surrey Painted and Described 1906
Chromolithography - Surrey Painted and Described Surrey Painted and Described 1922
Chromolithography - Sussex Painted and Described Sussex Painted and Described 1906
Chromolithography - The Alps, Painted and Described The Alps, Painted and Described 1904
Chromolithography - The Armies of India, Painted and Described The Armies of India, Painted and Described 1911
Chromolithography - The British Empire The British Empire 1912
Chromolithography - The Canary Islands, Painted and Described The Canary Islands, Painted and Described 1911
Chromolithography - The Channel Islands Painted and Described The Channel Islands Painted and Described 1904
Chromolithography - The Clyde River and Firth Painted and Described The Clyde River and Firth Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - The English Lakes Painted and Described The English Lakes Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - The Golden Caribbean The Golden Caribbean 1900
Chromolithography - The Heart of Scotland Painted and Described The Heart of Scotland Painted and Described 1909
Chromolithography - The Holy Land, Painted and Described The Holy Land, Painted and Described 1902
Chromolithography - The Homes of Tennyson Painted and Described The Homes of Tennyson Painted and Described 1905
Chromolithography - The Inns of Court Painted and Described The Inns of Court Painted and Described 1909
Chromolithography - The Isle of Man The Isle of Man 1909
Chromolithography - The Italian Lakes, Painted and Described The Italian Lakes, Painted and Described 1912
Chromolithography - The Land of Living Color The Land of Living Color 1915
Chromolithography - The Louvre : Fifty Plates in Colour The Louvre : Fifty Plates in Colour 1910
Chromolithography - The New Forest Painted and Described The New Forest Painted and Described 1904
Chromolithography - The Ramparts of Empire The Ramparts of Empire 1910
Chromolithography - The Rhine The Rhine 1908
Chromolithography - The Rivers and Streams of England Painted and Described The Rivers and Streams of England Painted and Described 1909
Chromolithography - The Riviera Painted & Described The Riviera Painted & Described 1907
Chromolithography - The Royal Navy, Painted and Described The Royal Navy, Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - The Savage South Seas, Painted and Described The Savage South Seas, Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - The Shasta Route in All of Its Grandeur The Shasta Route in All of Its Grandeur 1923
Chromolithography - The Story of the British Navy The Story of the British Navy 1913
Chromolithography - The Thames by Mortimer Menpes The Thames by Mortimer Menpes 1906
Chromolithography - The Tower of London Painted and Described The Tower of London Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - The Upper Engadine Painted and Described The Upper Engadine Painted and Described 1907
Chromolithography - The West Indies, Painted and Described The West Indies, Painted and Described 1905
Chromolithography - The Wye Painted and Described The Wye Painted and Described 1910
Chromolithography - Tibet and Nepal, Painted and Described Tibet and Nepal, Painted and Described 1905
Chromolithography - Tunis et ses Environs Tunis et ses Environs 1892
Chromolithography - Tunis, Kairouan & Carthage Tunis, Kairouan & Carthage 1908
Chromolithography - Tyrol, Painted and Described Tyrol, Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - Venice Venice 1907
Chromolithography - Views of London, Ontario Views of London, Ontario 1910
Chromolithography - Virginia: the Old Dominion Virginia: the Old Dominion 1921
Chromolithography - War Sketches in Colour War Sketches in Colour 1903
Chromolithography - Wessex Painted and Described Wessex Painted and Described 1906
Chromolithography - Westminster Abbey Painted and Described Westminster Abbey Painted and Described 1904
Chromolithography - Winchester Painted and Described Winchester Painted and Described 1910
Chromolithography - Windsor Painted and Described Windsor Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - Yorkshire Coast and Moorland Scenes Painted and Described Yorkshire Coast and Moorland Scenes Painted and Described 1904
Chromolithography - Yorkshire Dales and Fells Painted and Described Yorkshire Dales and Fells Painted and Described 1906
Chromolithography - Yorkshire Painted and Described Yorkshire Painted and Described 1925
Chromolithography - Yorkshire Vales and Wolds Painted and Described Yorkshire Vales and Wolds Painted and Described 1908
Chromolithography - Venice, by Mortimer Menpes Venice, by Mortimer Menpes 1904
Chromolithography - Italy Italy 1913
Chromolithography - Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Details of the Alhambra Vol. 1 Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Details of the Alhambra Vol. 1 1842
Chromolithography - Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Details of the Alhambra Vol. 2 Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Details of the Alhambra Vol. 2 1842
Chromolithography - Panama-California International Exposition, San Diego Panama-California International Exposition, San Diego 1916

Images

Image Name
Market Slip
Bruges : Maison du Pélican (Almshouse)
Sunset over the Hills
Karersee
Front Cover
Peel Harbour
Hornsea Mere
Bearded Reedling
Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.
Boutique de potier de la Rue El-Bechir
Back Cover
View of Moelwyn
Bougainvillaea, Algiers
Boston College, Boston, Mass.
The Mountain Meadows, Bavarian Tyrol
Wigwam Inn, North Arm
Sketch Map of the South Sea Islands
Cathedral Cliffs, Achill
Main Street of Bocas del Toro
The Carpet School, Algiers
Lausanne from the Signal
A Sudden Shower, Blea Tarn
The Town Clock, Steyning
Négresses marchandes de pain, avenue de France
Great West Life and Grain Exchange Buildings
The Jama'a Effina
The Frozen-Meat Market, St. Petersburg
A Street in St. Saphorin
Touring in the Uncompahgre Forests
In the Val d'Aosta
Boutique du Souk des Orfèvres
Twilight in the Butter-tubs Pass
Street Scene, Top-Khaneh
S. Giovanni Degli Fremiti, Palermo
Front Cover
Winter-Time in Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Front Cover
Dungeon Ghyll Force, Langdale
The Vegetable Market, Nice, looking West
Front Cover
Marks on Earliest Dresden China
St. Leonards Tower, Newton Abbot
The Spinning-Wheel
The Punch Bowl at Eagle Creek
Giant Trees, Stanley Park
Creetown Bay
The Guards marching near St James's Palace
Tumult of On-Coming Waters
A Narrow Street in Mogador
The Cathedral, St Martin's Church Tower, and Harbledown
Front Cover
Brent Tor
Cortina D'ampezzo
Porto Venere
The Rhone Valley from Chexbres
Three Generations at Staithes
Tig Bridge
The Interior of the Golden or Beautiful Gate, Jerusalem
Fiddler's Reach
Giant Grapevine near Carpinteria
Entrance to the Mosque of Sidi Okba, Kairowan
Capella Palatina, Palermo
A Dusty Day at the Tombs of the Khalifs
Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Georgetown University, Washington. D.C.
Femmes tunisiennes dévidant de la soie
The Road from Vitznau to Gersau
The Horseshoe Bend, Redscar
The Trossachs
8th Avenue East
Boer Transport crossing a Drift
Genoa, from the Corso Magenta
Morthoe
Vase, Worcester, with Japanese Pattern.
Lake Louise, Laggan
Tombeau romain de Médiocéra, prés du Zaghouan
All Saints' Church, from Turl Street - Dr. A. Hugh Thomson
Santa Maria Minerva
Linz
Main Street, showing Morris Theatre
The Terrace Garden, Hoar Cross House
The Kuthodau - Mandalay
At Pound Green, Freshwater
The Colosseum on a Spring Day
Old Blackfriars Bridge
St. John's College, Shreveport, La.
Loch Fyne
The Parthenon from the Northern End of the Eastern Portico of the Propylasa
Market-Place at Taungdwingyi
Miss Ridge. Reynolds (The Tennant Gallery). From a photograph by the Medici Society
A Transport Driver
Maltese Women in a Church, Valletta
The Adoration of the Shepherds. By Ghirlandaio, in the Accademia
Title Page
Title Page
Cookham, from above

Maps

Map Name
Kashmir, Painted and Described - Sketch Map of Kashmir (1911)
South America, Painted and Described - Sketch Map of South America (1912)
The Canary Islands, Painted and Described - Sketch Map of the Canary Islands (1911)
Canada, Painted and Described - Sketch Map of the Dominion of Canada and Newfoundland (1907)

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