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Erotic Lithography

Lithography is an ingenious printing process which involves a flat plate, usually made of limestone, where the surface has been treated with hydrophobic and hydrophilic chemicals so that when ink is applied to the plate it doesn't stick to the hydrophobic regions and moves to the hydrophilic regions. The plate is then pressed against paper to leave a print of an image.

The above method would of course produce a monochrome image, though during the 1890s color lithography was becoming increasingly popular with French artists using multiple plates, one of each color, and then printing one color at a time onto the paper. The main problem with this method was trying to keep each of the plates perfectly aligned. If they weren't, the colors wouldn't be in register.

Before then it was common for the Lithographs to be hand tinted like the ones below.

Printing of erotic images was at a peak in France from the 1800s to the early 1900s when they were very popular with tourists and sold as postcards, though very few of these "postcards" could actually be sent through the postal service due to stricter regulations of pornography. In fact, many of the images produced were illegal at the time and thus the majority of erotic lithographs are by unknown artist wishing to remain anonymous.

Below is a series of erotic lithographs by an unknown artist, though judging by the style they are most likely the work of Achille Deveria.


Erotic Lithography Gallery



Erotic Lithograph 020

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 006

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 002

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 017

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 013

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph, possibly Achille Deveria. Unknown artist. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 003

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 018

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 023

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 010

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 008

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 012

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 019

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 021

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 016

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 004

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 005

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 024

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 001

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 022

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 007

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 014

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph, possibly Achille Deveria. Unknown artist. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 011

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 015

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph, possibly Achille Deveria. Unknown artist. 1830 - 1848
Erotic Lithograph 009

Originally produced in France as an erotic lithograph. Unknown artist, possibly Achille Deveria. 1830 - 1848





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