This 1903 framed horse lithograph illustration is from Black Beauty, the original Hurst & Co. edition of Anna Sewell's beloved classic. This scene depicts Merrylegs disposing of the mean spirited Samson who had been mistreating her regularly and bears the caption " I threw him off backwards". This lithograph is wonderful, the artwork and colors are superb and the condition is excellent. The mat is a pale pastel green and the colors of the litho remain soft but vibrant with no damage. This chromolithograph is matted and backed with acid free materials and is framed in a simple wood frame with gilt highlights. I had this professionally framed in 1998, it still has the framers tag. The book originally belonged to my maternal grandmother and when I moved to the farm I decided to have some of the illustrations framed. Not sure if that was the best idea but when you're horse crazy, you do crazy things with anything horsey. Framed, it measures 10 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches and the mat opening is 5 x 7 inches. I love this so much, it's appeal is universal and it will add a touch of whimsy to any room.
"Chromolithography is a method for making multi-colour prints. This type of colour printing stemmed from the process of lithography, and it includes all types of lithography that are printed in colour. Depending on the number of colours present, a chromolithograph could take months to produce, by very skilled workers. Lithography is a form of planographic printing, meaning that the surface is flat, in contrast to relief printing (using a raised surface) or intaglio printing (using an incised surface. Offset printing superseded chromolithography around the 1930s, yet stone and metal plate lithography continue to be used by artists in the production of fine arts posters and limited edition prints.". From Wikipedia