Matthew Digby Wyatt The Industrial Arts of the Nineteenth Century
(Day and Son, 1851-3)

The crystal fountain
  Lithography in the Victorian age

The Great Exhibition of 1851 introduced a decade that saw the publication of many of the most impressive chromolithographed books. In this ambitious work, Matthew Digby Wyatt aimed to illustrate some of the finest objects on display at the Exhibition 'by the best means of graphic representation available in the present day'. Twenty artists were commissioned to provide the drawings, which were lithographed by highly skilled craftsmen such as Francis Bedford and John Sleigh, and printed by Day and Son. This illustration of the crystal fountain was one of 160 plates published in 40 fortnightly parts between October 1851 and March 1853.