Chromolithographs of The Great Water Lily

These six magnificent colour lithographs the British-born printer William  Sharp are to be found in “Victoria Regia, or, The Great Water Lily of America: With a Brief Account of its Discovery and Introduction into Cultivation (1854), a work by amateur botanist John Fisk Allen.

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William Sharp is credited with creating the very first chromolithograph on American soil — a portrait of Reverend F. W. P. Greenwood. These images produced for John Fisk Allen’s book are the “very first colour-printed lithographs produced in America”. With their bold and stunning depth of colours, these water lily images by Sharp stand out as some of the finest examples of chromolithography.

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