Pair of 19C Bird Chromolithograph Prints by Wyman & Sons Ltd

Pair of 19C Bird Chromolithograph Prints by Wyman.

VERY NICE pair of framed bird original chromolithograph prints by Wyman & Sons Limited…..Plates IV and VII.

Plate IV – Rock Ptarmigan

Plate VII – Northern Sharp-Tailed Grouse

Circa 1890 in original frames.

Pair of 19C Bird Chromolithograph Prints by Wyman.

Chromolithography is a method for making multi-color prints. This type of color printing stemmed from the process of lithography, and it includes all types of lithography that are printed in color.[1] When chromolithography is used to reproduce photographs, the term photochrome is frequently used. Lithographers sought to find a way to print on flat surfaces with the use of chemicals instead of relief or intaglio printing.[2]

Chromolithography became the most successful of several methods of color printing developed by the 19th century; other methods were developed by printers such as Jacob Christoph Le Blon, George Baxter and Edmund Evans, and mostly relied on using several woodblocks with the colors. Hand-coloring also remained important; elements of the official British Ordnance Survey maps were colored by hand by boys until 1875. The initial technique involved the use of multiple lithographic stones, one for each color, and was still extremely expensive when done for the best quality results. Depending on the number of colors present, a chromolithograph could take months to produce, by very skilled workers. However much cheaper prints could be produced by simplifying both the number of colors used, and the refinement of the detail in the image. Cheaper images, like advertisements, relied heavily on an initial black print (not always a lithograph), on which colors were then overprinted. To make an expensive reproduction print as what was once referred to as a “’chromo’”, a lithographer, with a finished painting in front of him, gradually created and corrected the many stones using proofs to look as much as possible like the painting in front of him, sometimes using dozens of layers.


Pair of 19C Bird Chromolithograph Prints by Wyman.

Provenance: Bought privately in Ireland.

Dimensions: Each is 15.75′ x 12.5″ in frame

Condition: The prints themselves are near mint. They are in their original frames and the frames are naturally distressed through age. There is evidence of the frames being gilted at some point in time.

Price Now: $280 (Pair)

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