Collection: Chromolithography

The 50 years following the Civil War have been called the period of "chromo civilization" in America. Millions of chromolithographs were made, and they became the customary decoration in most homes throughout the country --what print historian Peter Marzio calls "the core of American life." One of the great appeals of chromolithography was its low production costs, allowing thousands of bright, attractive colored prints to be sold inexpensively, bringing glimpses of grand art within reach of the masses. But chromolithography was much more than this. Through chromolithography, historical events were graphically depicted, American views were spread far and wide, and all aspects of American life were vividly documented. Alongside these pragmatic purposes, artists employed the process to create prints that very closely followed their artistic vision, and many chromolithographs, which were produced using heavy oil-based inks, closely duplicated the appearance of actual oil paintings.

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  • Unattributed “Commander in Chief, Staff Officer, Colonel and Private First Continental Rhode Island Infantry – 1782-1796”
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  • Unattributed “General and Staff Officers – 1812”
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  • Unattributed “Infantry and General Officers – 1813-1821”
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  • Unattributed “General Officers – 1835”
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  • Unattributed “Cavalry Charge of the 5th Regulars, Gains Mill – 1862”
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  • Unattributed “Colonel and Privates of Infantry Volunteers – 1864”
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  • Unattributed “Generals – 1864”
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  • Unattributed “Horse Artillery – 1865”
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  • Unattributed “Cavalry Pursuing Indians – 1876”
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  • Unattributed “General Toral's Surrender of Santiago to General Shafter – July 13th 1898”
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  • Unattributed “Artillery Field Equipment – 1899”
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  • Unattributed “Cavalry Field Equipment – 1899”
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  • Unattributed “Infantry Field Equipment – 1899”
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  • Unattributed "Forgiven"
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  • Davis, Henry “Horse Shoe Fall, From S.W. Edge, Near The Table Rock”
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  • Ciappori, Cl'us "France XVe Siecle. Rogier Bon Temps." From "Les Arts Somptuaires Histoire du Costume et de L’Ameublement et des arts et Industries qui s’y Rattachent"
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  • Blumenthal, Moses Lawrence “The Student. As His Mother Sees Him”
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  • Colen, Arthur William “Register June 5th. A great day of patriotic devotion and obligation. - Woodrow Wilson”
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  • Anderson, Crawford C. "The Pennsylvania Railroad and Connections"
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  • Unattributed “Stonewall Jackson. The Premium Bullock of the World, Raised and Fed by Jacob See, New Florence, Mo. ..."
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  • Unattributed "The Revd A.C. Brooke's Pair of Malays." From "The Illustrated Book of Poultry"
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  • Unattributed "Mr. W.F. Entwistle's Black Red & Pile Game Bantams." From "The Illustrated Book of Poultry"
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