By the middle of the nineteenth
century lithography was becoming widely used for music printing, and providing new
opportunities for the production of colourful pictorial covers. M. and N. Hanhart was
one of the best known lithographic printing firms in this field, while designers such
as John Brandard and Alfred Concanen were especially successful in capturing the spirit
and vitality of the Victorian period. This illustration of an unsigned music cover of
the 1880s shows both how bold, and how delicate, chromolithography could be.