Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Charles Joseph Hullmandel

Buried in the archives of the British Museum is this wonderful series of lithographs from illustrator Charles Joseph Hullmandel (June 15, 1789 – November 15, 1850) that transforms the English alphabet into sweeping landscapes. 

Charles Joseph Hullmandel  was born in London, where he maintained a lithographic establishment on Great Marlborough Street from about 1819 until his death.

Born in London of a German father and French mother, he travelled widely in Europe, making drawings and paintings of the places he visited.

In 1817 he met the inventor of the lithographic process, Senefelder, in Munich; the following year he established a lithographic press at his home in Great Marlborough Street, from where he produced prints until his death.

He refined the lithographic process, developing a method for producing gradations in tones and creating the effect of soft washes of color.

You can find more of Charles Joseph Hullmandel‘s work The British Museum and other sites across the Internet.

12 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Charles Joseph Hullmandel

  1. It’s funny — I didn’t know until I just looked it up. From Fine Rare Prints:

    Here’s how it worked:

    1) The artist would draw on a polished stone (usually limestone from a particular quarry in Bavaria) using a special, waxy lithographic crayon, pen or pencil.
    2) The artist would roll black ink over the stone.
    3) The ink would only stick to the wax, not the stone.
    4) The stone would be pressed onto paper to print the image.
    5) The artist would then color the print, either by by painting on water colors, or by using other printing stones to apply colored inks to selected parts of the picture (these prints are known as chromolithographs – the Victorians printmakers were superb at this).

    Art is amazing, isn’t it?

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  2. Wow! I love them! Such creativity! And fine, precise drawings! Are lithographs first drawn, then carved, and then printed by pressing against the carvings?


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