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'Nother Gorilla Lithograph
This is an example of stone lithography which is what many people consider real lithography - as contrasted to the (ptui) modern adaptations.
Lithography (of any type) is a print method for making multiple copies of artworks. But unlike most familiar printing techniques, the areas of the text or images are the same height as the blank or lighter areas. Such printing is called planographic rather than relief printing and is possible due to chemical differences of the surface.
Commercially important in the 19th century, today stone lithography is now pretty much limited to fine art. But at least it has the distinction of being an art where 1) we know who invented it, 2) when it was invented, 3) where it was invented, and 4), if it wasn't for the inventor's mother, he wouldn't have invented it.
So if you want to learn more about what got lithography going - and the chemistry involved - just click here.