Luke Limner The Rejected Contributions to the Great Exhibition of All Nations
(Ackermann & Co, 1851)     14.5x23 cm

Great Exhibition rejects
  Lithography in the Victorian age

Lithography 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.