Hammersmith Bridge view of the River Thames. Original lithographed antique print showing Thames sailing barges moored on the banks of the River Thames. Published by ‘The Leadenhall Press’ in 1893. Described on the title page as, “London City Suburbs as they are today,” by Percy Fitzgerald, illustrated by W. Luker, Jr., from original drawings.
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.