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Le Blond print - 1854

Price: £9.99

This is one of two views of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham printed by Le Blond & Co in 1854 under licence from George Baxter who had patented the first commercially viable method of colour printing in 1835.

When Baxter’s patent was renewed he was advised to sell licences to use the process and Le Blond was the first printer to purchase one in 1849. These prints were produced from an engraved steel plate and then between 10-15 wood or metal relief blocks to add each individual colour, and all done on hand presses.

This is a view of the Crystal Palace looking South west showing fountains. These were drawn in as they should have looked like in 1854, but in fact they never actually worked until Brunel's towers were constructed two years later.

The prints are in excellent antique condition with possibly minor age spots or toning. The colours are as fresh and pristine as the day they were printed having been stored away from direct sunlight for the last 170 years.

These are genuine original prints from 1854 and NOT reprints

The best example will be sent.


Approximately 2in x 3in (5.5cm x 9.5cm)