encouraged the rise of picture books with captions or running texts,
giving better results on illustration and handwriting than traditional
letterpress methods, as well as economy of production. This point
was not lost on John Leighton, a prolific
book designer and illustrator, who was responsible for several lithographed
picture books during the 1840s. In this pseudonymous work he seized
the opportunity of lampooning the Great Exhibition, and the current
debate about the relationship between art and industry.