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CHROMO-MANIA! Checklist

All objects are from the collections of the Boston Athenæum and are listed in the order in which they appear in the exhibition.

1.  L. Prang & Company, Lithographer. Plate five in Prang’s Aids for Object Teaching: Trades and Occupations, 1874. Chromolithograph. 14¼ x 21¾ inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr.

2.  Norumbega Park, Auburndale on the Charles. Boston’s Famous Pleasure Resort, ca. 1905. Chromolithographic advertisement. 28 x 21⅞ inches (sheet). Gift of Stephen D. and Susan W. Paine, 1996

3.  Dominick I. Drummond (ca. 1830–1899) and C. Frank King Lith. (Printing attributed to Charles H. Crosby & Company), Rapid Transit. Save Time & Distance. Take the Hoosac Tunnel Route, 1877. Chromolithographic advertisement. 29¾ x 23¾ inches (sheet)

4.  J. H. Bufford’s Lith., Fishing Tackle. Bradford & Anthony, Boston., ca. 1870. Chromolithographic advertisement. 19⅞ x 16 inches (sheet). Anonymous gift, 2002

5.  J. H. Bufford’s Sons Lith., Interior of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association Exhibition Hall, 1881. Chromolithograph. 19½ x 30¾ inches (sheet)

6.  William Sharp (1803–1875), after Lemuel S. Blackman (b. ca. 1815), Meeting-House Hill, Dorchester, 1847, 1847. Black-and-white lithograph. 20¼ x 28 inches (sheet)

7.  William Sharp (1803—1875), after Lemuel S. Blackman (b. ca. 1815), Meeting-House Hill, Dorchester, 1847, 1847. Hand-colored lithograph. 20⅛ x 27⅞inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1976

8.  William Sharp (1803–1875), F. W. P. Greenwood, 1840. Color lithograph. 25½ x 18⅞ inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1977

9.  Joshua Sheldon (1809–1890) and J. H. Bufford’s Lith., Female High School, Newburyport, 1846. Tinted lithograph. 8¼ x 10 inches (sheet)

10.  J. H. Bufford’s Lith., Ladies Fair for the Poor at Music Hall, Boston, March 5th, 1858, 1858. Tinted lithograph. 9½ x 12⅛ inches (sheet). Gift of A. D. Howe, 1933

11.  Bernard Spindler (1826–1865) and Tappan & Bradford, View of Boston from Telegraph Hill, S. Boston, ca. 1854. Double-tinted lithograph. 16 x 23¾ inches (sheet)

12.  B. W. Thayer & Company, Union Straw Works, Foxboro, Mass., ca. 1852. Chromolithograph. 22 x 28 inches (sheet)

13.  Sharp & Son, [Victoria Regia. Continued Bloom], 1854. Plate six in John Fiske Allen, Victoria Regia: The Great Water Lily of America (Boston, 1854). Chromolithograph. 22 x 29 inches (sheet). Gift of the New England Historical Art Society, 1950

14.  Sharp & Son, [Victoria Regia. Complete Bloom], 1854. Plate five in John Fiske Allen, Victoria Regia: The Great Water Lily of America (Boston, 1854). Chromolithograph. 22 x 29 inches (sheet). Gift of the New England Historical Art Society, 1950

15.  L. Prang & Company, after a watercolor sketch by Thomas Moran (1837–1926), “The Summit of the Sierras,”1876. Plate twelve in F. V.  Hayden, The Yellowstone National Park (Boston, 1876). Chromolithograph. 21¾ x 18 inches (sheet)

16.  Emil F. Ackermann (b. 1840) and Charles H. Crosby Lith., Black Valley Railroad, 1863. Boston: Published by the Massachusetts State Temperance Alliance. Chromolithograph with scratching out. 17 x 22¾ inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1977

17.  Emil F. Ackermann (b. 1840) and Charles H. Crosby Lith., Black Valley Railroad, 1863. Boston: Published by the American Seamen’s Friends Society. Chromolithograph with scratching out. 16 x 20 inches (sheet)

18.  Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, after a painting by Wesley Webber (1838–1914), The Missionary Steam-Barkentine, “Morning Star,” 1884. Chromolithographic certificate. 19¾ x 23 inches (sheet)

19.  Henry A. Thomas and New England Lithographic Company, after a drawing by Rheimunt Sayer (b. 1834), Exterior View of Coliseum for the Grand National Peace Jubilee, 1869. Chromolithograph, first state. 17¾ x 22⅛ inches (sheet). Gift of Thomas Garrett, 2010. Conserved through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. William C. S. Hicks

20.  Henry A. Thomas and New England Lithographic Company, after a drawing by Rheimunt Sayer (b. 1834), Exterior View of Coliseum for the Grand National Peace Jubilee, 1869. Chromolithograph, second state. 17¾ x 24⅛ inches (sheet)

21.  Winslow Homer (1836–1910) and L. Prang & Company, Life in Camp, Part 2., 1864. Twelve chromolithographs on carte-de-visite mounts. 4 x 2⅜ inches (individual mounts)

22.  Joshua Sheldon (1809–1890) and J. H. Bufford’s Lith., Departure of the Lynn Light Infantry for the Defense of Washington, April 16, 1861, 1861. Chromolithograph. 12 x 14⅝ inches (sheet)

23.  L. Prang & Company, after a photograph by Alexander Gardner (1821–1882), Monument. In Memory of the Patriots Who Fell in the First Battle of Bull Run, July 21st, 1861. Designed & Built by Lieut. J. McCullum U.S. A., ca. 1865. Chromolithograph. 10⅜ x 12¾ inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1974

24.  L. Prang & Company, The Advance, 1863. Chromolithographic sheet music cover. 13¼ x 10⅜ inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1976

25.  Darius Cobb (1834–1919) and L. Prang & Company, Old Army Friends, or Dipper Missing, 1888. Boston: Published by Old Army Friends Publishing Company. Chromolithograph. 29½ x 21⅜ inches (sight)

26.  J. H. Bufford’s Sons, after a watercolor painting by Albert Locke Coolidge (1852–1882) and a proposal by Charles Davenport (1812–1903), New Boston and Charles River Basin, ca. 1886. Chromolithographic plan. 26¾ x 21⅜ inches (sheet)

27.  George H. Walker & Company, Bird’s-Eye View from Summit of Mt. Washington, White Mountains, New Hampshire, 1902. Chromolithographic map. 26⅝ x 26⅛ inches (sheet)

28.  L. H. Bradford & Company, Lawrence Machine Shop, Lawrence, Mass. Passenger Engine, 22 Tons, ca. 1856. Chromolithographic locomotive builders’ print with metallic powders. 24 x 35⅞ inches (sheet). Anonymous gift, 2002

29.  Tappan & Bradford, after a mechanical drawing by Oliver E. Cushing (1829–1890), Locomotive for Passengers, with Outside Cylinders. Built by the Lowell Machine Shop, 1852, 1852. Chromolithographic locomotive builders’ print with metallic powders. 23 x 34 inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1975

30.  J. Mayer & Company, Walter Baker & Co.’s Chocolate & Cocoa Preparations, Dorchester, Mass., ca. 1873. Chromolithographic advertisement. 23⅞ x 31¾ inches (sheet). Gift of the New England Historical Art Society, 1950

31.  Charles H. Crosby Lith., Hallet & Cumston’s Piano Forte Manufactory, Corner of Washington & Waltham Sts., ca. 1867. Chromolithographic advertisement with hand-coloring. 18¾ x 23⅞ inches (sheet)

32.  L. Prang & Company, after a painting by William H. Titcomb (1824–1888), Nathan Washburn, Worcester, Mass. Manufacturer of Railway Iron, Locomotive Tyres, & Car Wheels, ca. 1862. Chromolithographic advertisement. 18 x 24 inches (sheet)

33.  Emil F. Ackermann (b. 1840) and Charles H. Crosby Lith., Comstock, Gove & Co. Manufacturers of Soda & Mineral Waters, ca. 1868. Chromolithographic advertisement. 14 x 18⅞ inches (sheet)

34.  Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, Buckeye. Manufactured by the Richardson M’f’g. Company, Worcester, Mass., ca. 1870. Chromolithographic advertisement. 14 x 20⅛ inches (sheet). Anonymous gift, 2002

35.  Samuel S. Frizzell (1844–1895) and Charles H. Crosby Lith., Mason & Hamlin Cabinet Organs, ca. 1870. Chromolithographic advertisement. 21⅝ x 29¼ inches (sheet)

36.  Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, Boston Theatre. Tompkins & Hill, Proprietors. The Most Magnificent and Largest Theatre in America., ca. 1876. Chromolithographic advertisement. 23⅞ x 29⅞ inches (sheet)

37.  J. H. Bufford’s Sons Lith., Fancy Loom, L. J. Knowles & Brother, Worcester, Mass., ca. 1884. Chromolithographic advertisement. 12 x 14⅞ inches (sheet)

38.  J. H. Bufford’s Lith., Cotton & Worsted Fancy Looms, ca. 1870. Chromolithographic advertisement. 15½ x 22⅞ inches (sheet)

39.  Samuel S. Frizzell (1844–1895) and Charles H. Crosby Lith., Built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co. Manchester, N. H., ca. 1867. Chromolithographic advertisement. 22¾ x 29⅞ inches (sheet). Gift of Stephen D. and Susan W. Paine, 1996

40.  Charles H. Crosby Lith., Wheelock’s Patent Steam Cylinder Packing, ca. 1870. Chromolithographic advertisement. 23½ x 29⅛ inches (sheet)

41.  Dominick I. Drummond (ca. 1830–1899) and Charles H. Crosby & Company, Bed Lounges, ca. 1872. Chromolithographic advertisement. 14¾ x 21½ inches (sheet)

42.  L. Prang & Company, after a watercolor by Winslow Homer (1836–1910), The North Woods, 1896. Chromolithographic art reproduction (proof). 16⅞ x 23½ inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1981

43.  L. Prang & Company, after a watercolor of the original vase attributed to James T. Callowhill (1838–1917), Transmutation Splash Vase, 1897. Plate sixteen in Oriental Ceramic Arts, Illustrated by Examples from the Collection of W. T. Walters (New York, 1897). Chromolithographic art reproduction. 22 x 16⅛ inches (sheet). John Bromfield Fund and Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1986

44.  L. Prang & Company, after a watercolor of the original bowl attributed to James T. Callowhill (1838–1917), Lotus-Leaf Fish-Bowl, 1897. Plate thirty-six in Oriental Ceramic Arts, Illustrated by Examples from the Collection of W. T. Walters (New York, 1897). Chromolithographic art reproduction. 22 x 16⅛ inches (sheet). John Bromfield Fund and Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1986

45.  L. Prang & Company, after a watercolor of the original vase attributed to James T. Callowhill (1838–1917), K’ang-Hsi Vase Decorated in Colors, 1897. Plate six in Oriental Ceramic Arts, Illustrated by Examples from the Collection of W. T. Walters (New York, 1897). Chromolithographic art reproduction. 22 x 16⅛ inches (sheet). John Bromfield Fund and Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1986

46.  L. Prang & Company, after a watercolor of the original vase attributed to James T. Callowhill (1838–1917) of the original vase, Facsimile of Progressive Proof Book for K’ang-Hsi Vase Decorated in Colors, 2012. (Plate six in Oriental Ceramic Arts, Illustrated by Examples from the Collection of W. T. Walters.) Facsimile of progressive color proofs made in 2012. 16¾ x 11⅞ x ¾ inches (sheet). Gift of Frederick Rush Innes, 2010

47.  L. Prang & Company, Prang’s Christmas Cards, 1881. Chromolithographic advertisement (proof). 23¾ x 15⅞ inches (sheet)

48.  L. Prang & Company, after an oil painting by Susanna Augusta Winn (d. 1935), The Prize Piggies, 1891. Chromolithographic art reproductions. 8⅛ x 16⅝ inches (sheet) (sight)

49.  L. Prang & Company, The Poultry of the World. Portraits of All Known Valuable Breeds of Fowls, ca. 1868. Chromolithograph. 24 x 29 inches (sight). Gift of Susan W. Paine in memory of Stephen D. Paine and in honor of Sally Pierce, 2006

50.  New England Lithographic Company, after a watercolor by Captain Daniel Bell (fl. 1800–1810), View of Framingham Common as It Appeared in 1808, 1872. Chromolithographic town view with hand-coloring. 18⅛ x 26¾ inches (sheet)

51.  Gerard Antonio Klucken (1851–1912), [Washington Street, Boston, Mass.], 1874. Chromolithographic city view. 19⅞ x 23⅞ inches (sheet)

52.  J. H. Bufford’s Lith., Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, Mass., 1871. Chromolithographic building view. 32¼ x 25¼ inches (sheet)

53.  William Harring (b. 1812) and L. Prang & Company, after an oil painting by Asher B. Durand (1796–1886), An Old Man’s Reminiscences, 1872. Chromolithographic art reproductions. 21⅜ x 32⅛ inches (sight)

54.  J. H. Bufford’s Lith., The Death of Minnehaha, ca. 1855. Chromolithographic sheet music cover. 13¼ x 10⅜ inches (sheet). Gift of David Tatham, 2004

55.  George H. Walker & Company, Paris Exposition Grand March, 1889. Chromolithographic sheet music cover. 13⅜ x 10⅜ inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1978

56.  William Sharp (1803–1875), The Real Scotch Polkas, ca. 1846. Chromolithographic sheet music cover. 13½ x 10⅛ inches (sheet). Gift of David Tatham, 2004

57.  William Sharp (1803–1875), Fleurs D’Été. Trois Valses pour le Piano, 1849. Chromolithographic sheet music cover. 13⅛ x 10¼ inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1976

CASE ITEMS

(Note: case items are numbered in the order in which they appear in the exhibition, not the order within each case)

58. Carolyn Muskat, Zinnia, 2012. Five lithographic stones used in printing the color lithograph, Zinnia. 6½ x 5½ inches (stones). Lent by Muskat Studios.

59.  Carolyn Muskat, Zinnia, 2012. Five preliminary color proofs for the color lithograph, Zinnia. 5 x 5½ inches (sheet)

60.  Carolyn Muskat, Zinnia, 2012. Three progressive color proofs for the color lithograph, Zinnia.  5 x 5½ inches (sheet)

61.  Carolyn Muskat, Zinnia, 2012. Seven-color, five-stone color lithograph drawn and printed for the Boston Athenæum by master printer Carolyn Muskat with assistance from intern Emma O’Leary. 5 x 5½ inches (sheet)

62.  Sample of lithographic tools: pencils, crayons, rubbing ink, rubbing tablet, tusche stick. Lent by Muskat Studios
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63.  Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, The Forbes Lithographic M’f’g Co. 83 and 85 Duane St. New York. 197 Devonshire St. Boston, 1879. Chromolithographic calendar and advertisement. 13¾ x 11⅛ inches (sheet) Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1976

64.  Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, Boston Bijou Theatre, 1879. Chromolithographic theater programme. 7⅜ x 7¼ inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1976

65.  J. H. Bufford’s Sons Lith., New Home Sewing Machine Co., ca. 1882. Chromolithographic trade card. 4⅞ x 2⅞ inches (sheet). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1981

66.  Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, Ask Your Grocer for “Deep Sea” Mess Mackerel. Fat, Juicy, Fine Flavored., ca. 1878. Chromolithographic trade card. 3 x 5¼ inches (card). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1977

67.  Ayer’s Cathartic Pill. A Safe, Pleasant and Reliable Family Medicine, ca. 1880. Chromolithographic trade card. 2⅝ x 4¾ inches (card) Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1981

68.  J. H. Bufford’s Sons Lith., Soapine. Kendall M’f’g’ Co. Providence, R.I. Established 1827., ca. 1880s. Chromolithographic trade card. 3 x 5 inches (card) Gift of Jane Moulton Stahl from the boyhood collection of the Rt. Rev. Arthur Wheelock Moulton (1873–1962), 1981.

69.  Myopia Club Whisky, ca. 1900. Chromolithographic trade card. 5¾ x 3¼ inches (card). Gift of Susan W. Paine in memory of Stephen D. Paine and in honor of Sally Pierce, 2006

70.  J. H. Bufford’s  Sons, For Comfort, Safety & Economy Use Beacon Light Oil. Manufactured by Beacon Oil Company, Boston., ca. 1882. Chromolithographic trade card. 5 x 6 inches (card). Gift of Geo. Gregory Smart, 2009

71.  Columbia Bicycle, ca. 1882. Chromolithographic trade card. 6¼ x 2¾ inches (card). Gift of Charles E. Mason Jr., 1977

72.  The Champion Banjos of America. Fairbanks & Cole, 121 Court Street, Boston, Mass, U.S.A., 1880. Chromolithographic trade card. 3¼ x 4⅛ inches (card). Gift of Geo. Gregory Smart, 2009

73.  Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, Florence Knitting Silk “Always Reliable,” 1881. Chromolithographic trade card. 2⅞ x 4⅜ inches (card). Gift of Jane Moulton Stahl from the boyhood collection of the Rt. Rev. Arthur Wheelock Moulton (1873–1962), 1981

74.  Caswell, Livermore, & Co., Atlantic Avenue, Boston, ca. 1882. Chromolithographic trade card. 5½ x 3 inches (card). Gift of Henry Hornblower III, 1988

75.  L. Prang & Company, “But this I know well . . .” 1866. Plate four in Ruth Chesterfield, A New Version of Old Mother Hubbard (Boston, 1866). Chromolithographic children’s book illustration. 10⅝ x 8⅞ inches (sheet)

76.  L. Prang & Company, Little Red Riding Hood, 1863. Paper cover for Lydia L. A. Very, Little Red Riding Hood (Boston, 1863). Chromolithographic children’s book illustration.  6¾ x 2½ inches (cover)

77.  L. Prang & Company, “Despite his Father’s earnest wish, he left his friends and home . . .,” 1864. Pages two and three in Lydia L. A. Very, Robinson Crusoe (Boston, 1864) Chromolithographic children’s book illustration.  6¾ x 4⅝ inches (sheet)

78.  William Comley Sharp (1822–1897), frontispiece to Emily Percival (ed.), The Garland; or, Token of Friendship. A Christmas or New Year’s Gift for 1855 (Boston, 1854). Chromolithographic book illustration.  7¼ x 9 inches (sheet). Gift of Mary A. Thayer, 1938

79.  “The Floral Alphabet. Little May’s First Lesson,” 1845. Title page to Mrs. Frances Sargent Osgood, The Flower Alphabet in Gold and Colors (Boston, 1845). Chromolithographic children’s book illustration. 7⅜ x 5⅜ inches (sheet)

80.  Armstrong & Company, after illustrations by Harry Whitney McVickar (1860–1905), frontispiece and title page to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Grandmother’s Story of Bunker Hill Battle (Cambridge and New York, 1883). Chromolithographic children’s book illustration. 9 x 6¾ inches (sheet). Gift of Francis H. Bigelow, 1923

81.  L. Prang & Company, “Blue Tourmaline…,” 1890. Plate four in George Frederick Kunz, Gems and Precious Stones of North America (New York, 1890). Chromolithographic book illustration. 10½ x 7 inches (sheet)

82.  William Sharp (1803–1875), “The Sieulle Pear,”1848. Plate [seven] in Charles M. Hovey, The Fruits of America (Boston, 1848). Chromolithographic book illustration. 10¼ x 6¾ inches (sheet). Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Crocker, 1980

83.  Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company, “Double-Crested Cormorant . . . Great Black-Back Gull . . . Herring Gull,” 1886. Plate twenty-two in Elwin A. Capen, Oölogy of New England: A Description of the Eggs, Nests, and Breeding Habits of the Birds Known to Breed in New England (Boston, 1886). Chromolithographic book illustration. 13¾ x 9¾ inches (sheet)