Lithograph

Invented at the end of the eighteenth century, a lithograph is a print produced by a method of surface printing. A design is drawn or painted on to a flat surface with a greasy ink or chalk and then water is washed over it. Oil-based printing ink is rolled on to the stone; it sticks only to the greasy parts, being repelled from the water-covered areas. Reverse prints are then taken on paper in a lithographic press. Popular for posters because it allows multiple production.

Previous 1 OF 2 Next

The United Irish Patriots of 1798, after Unknown artist, 1798 or after - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The United Irish Patriots of 1798
after Unknown artist
1798 or after
NPG D10700

'High life'
by Richard James Lane, after Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
circa 1825-1850
NPG D22017

Ann Zingha, by Achille Deveria, printed by  Francois Le Villain, published by  Edward Bull, published by  Edward Churton, after  Unknown artist, 1830s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Ann Zingha
by Achille Deveria, printed by Francois Le Villain, published by Edward Bull, published by Edward Churton, after Unknown artist
1830s
NPG D34632

Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope, by Robert Jacob Hamerton, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Richard Bentley, 1830s? - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope
by Robert Jacob Hamerton, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Richard Bentley
1830s?
NPG D5409

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux ('The Celebrated Vaux Hall Performer on the Tight Rope')
by John Doyle, printed by Ducote & Stephens, published by Thomas McLean
published 16 September 1834
NPG D16783

'Izaak Walton - the old English angler'
by and published by Dean & Co.
published circa 1849-1855
NPG D19394

Thomas Potter Cooke as Dick Fid in

Thomas Potter Cooke as Dick Fid in 'The Red Rover'
by Unknown artist
early 19th century
NPG D10921

Sir John Lavery, by Powys Evans, published 1926 - NPG  - © estate of Powys Evans

Sir John Lavery
by Powys Evans
published 1926
NPG D11255

Jacob Kramer, by Jacob Kramer, 1930 - NPG  - © William Roberts Society

Jacob Kramer
by Jacob Kramer
1930
NPG 4871

Don Bachardy; Christopher Isherwood, by David Hockney, 1976 - NPG  - © David Hockney 1976

Don Bachardy; Christopher Isherwood
by David Hockney
1976
NPG 6024

Samuel Beckett, by Tom Phillips, 1984 - NPG  - © Tom Phillips. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2012

Samuel Beckett
by Tom Phillips
1984
NPG 6467

Previous 1 OF 2 Next