Pen lithograph, sheet 230 x 315mm (9 x 12˝"). Good impression; pinhole top centre.
Pen lithograph, probably taken from 'Specimens of Polyautography', the first set of artist's lithographs ever published (by Philipp André in 1803). The new medium allowed artists to draw directly onto a prepared stone, allowing artists to make prints which arguably resembled drawings more than any earlier printmaking technique. Unlike many printmaking techniques, lithography required no special training as artists could work directly onto the plate and leave specialist printers to actually make the prints. For this reason many painters who were not trained printmakers (such as Géricault and Delacroix) produced lithographs. Made by Conrad Gessner (1764-1826), Swiss artist working in England 1796-1804.
Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36701] £450.00