Lithographic stone illustrating the opening ceremony at Princes Bridge, Melbourne in 1850.
Princes Bridge crosses the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Three bridges (as of 2008) have been built across the river in this place.The first was built in 1844 and the second, the subject of this image, in 1850. The third bridge was built in 1888.
Edited extract from Wikipedia:
Lithography is a method for printing using a plate or stone with a completely smooth surface. This is in contrast to engraving or etching, where cavities are produced to contain the printing ink, and in woodblock printing and letterpress where ink is applied to the raised surfaces of letters or images. Lithography uses oil or fat and gum arabic to divide the smooth surface into hydrophobic regions which accept the ink, and hydrophilic regions which reject it and thus become the background.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithograph - accessed 27 November 2008.
The stone is kept inside a wooden case, which was made in October 1966.
Type of item
530 mm (Length), 620 mm (Width), 80 mm (Height)
Case for stone: L 560 mm W 650 H 100 mm