Brentford Middlesex. Original lithographed antique print of Brentford, showing a barge on the canal, with the tower of the parish church in the distance from ‘London City Suburbs as they are To-day.’ Published in 1893 by The Leadenhall Press Ltd with illustrations by W. Luker, Jnr (1867–1951) engraved by Charles Guillaume. A scarce item.
Lithography (from Ancient Greek λίθος, lithos, meaning ‘stone’, and γράφειν, graphein, meaning ‘to write’) is a method of printing originally based on the immiscibility of oil and water. The printing is from a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a ball grained surface. It was invented in 1796 by German author and actor Alois Senefelder as a cheap method of publishing theatrical works. Lithography can be used to print text or artwork onto paper or other suitable material.