'Culver's Cliffs', from Isle of Wight. Scenery of Richmond's Annals of the Poor
(Thomas Nelson, 1860)
10351.a.46   70.5x12.5 cm

'The search light reveals an intended attack by a torpedo-boat and cruiser', from Life on the Ocean Wave
(Thomas Nelson, 1900)
12809.u.53   22.5x15.5 cm

Isle of Wight
Torpedo attack

Topographical views were especially popular among the rising numbers of mid-Victorian railway tourists, and the firm of Thomas Nelson and Sons was able to meet this demand by employing a mixed method of printing. A pen and ink lithographed image, printed in purple ink, was then coloured from two engraved wood blocks - one blue for the sky, the other, brown for the ground. In later years, tints from stone replaced the wood blocks to give more brightly coloured views, as in the second example from 1900, produced by normal chromolithography.