The2FunAdGuyz offer a new, high-quality reproduction print of a spectacular 1890s photochrom (sometimes misspelled photochrome) of Westminster Abbey--one of the most well-known buildings in the world. The mostly Gothic cathedral is also known as The Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster. Because most of the British Monarchs have held coronations here, most people forget that to this day the over 900 year-old cathedral is a place of worship for the Church of England (Episcopalian in America). As an architectural wonder it is studied by scholars and the art of many of the paintings, stained glass windows and textiles still inspire awe today. This print preserves the view of the cathedral as it appeared at the apex of English history when Great Britain was the superpower.AVAILABILITY: In Stock! – Ships Within 1 Business Day of cleared payment.
CAPTION: Westminster Abbey, London, England, 1890.
PHOTOCHROM: The photochrom process was a combination of photography and lithography that started in the 1800s and was used until the development of true color photography in the 1930s. While the results can look more like a painting than a photograph, the images are striking. The photochrom (sometimes spelled photochrome in America) system was developed in Switzerland and then licensed to various companies in other countries. Detroit Publishing Company, Detroit, Michigan was the only company to be licensed in the United States. The process first took black and white photographs and hand colored the resulting print. Then, using a special series of stone plates (minimum of four and up to 14 separate stones for a single print), prints could be reproduced in larger quantities. One of the reasons the results are so spectacular is that the pigments in the inks and ingredients to process the stones came from exotic locations around the world. The results—even more than a hundred years later—give us a unique, richly colored and very intense image.
ORIGINAL MEDIA: The Detroit Publishing Co. (original name Detroit Photo Graphic Company), Detroit, Michigan, originally produced the image on which this new print is based. During the last decade of the 1800s and early 1900s they produced some of the finest photochrom images. Unfortunately, cheaper (and frequently lesser quality) printing methods spelled their demise.
PAPER QUALITY: This new print is on a highest quality, acid-free, 100-pound glossy premium text paper that allows for maximum color brilliance and fidelity for older images.
Image Size: 14.5 inches wide by 10.5 inches high.
Paper Size: 17 inches wide by 11 inches high. This allows for a small border around the image for matting and framing. When matted, this format is perfect for a standard 16-inch x 20-inch frame, a manageable size for a wide variety of decorating purposes.
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