Charles Coote Songs of the Day
Knaster Collection      35x25.5 cm

Songs of the Day
  Lithography in the Victorian age

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.