The process was invented in 1796 by the Austrian Alois Senefelder using a stone from the quarries of Solnhofen, a town near Munich.
Perhaps the discovery was random, but it was preceded by several studies and tests. In any case, it begins to be used already in 1806 and it immediately knows a rapid diffusion, so much that in 1818 5 lithographs will open in Paris and in 1831 we speak of 59 plants.
In France, Bavaria and Russia, it is the governments themselves that support its introduction and development, foreshadowing the commercial potential of the new business.
Not so the Great Britain that even prohibits the import of "lithographic" stones.Latest arrivals