Lavish and rich are the adjectives that come to mind when attempting to describe these exceptional 1901 illustrations by Maurice Leloir (1851-1940). Chomotypogravures are a species of image prints in which colours are reproduced as a series of dots - an early form of colour printing.
Leloir produced 34 full page watercolour illustrations to accompany the text by Théodore Cahu about the life of the 17th century French religious and political figure, Cardinal Richelieu. Although I've posted large-ish images, it's worth seeing the available selection at full size. There are some further examples at ebay also. I'll return to Leloir in the future - he left a sizeable body of book illustrations.
Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Richelieu at Wikipedia.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Posted by peacay at 12:46 am