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09  Heinrich Hofmann. Der Kinderfreundlich. Gedenke Mein – Bild 5. Original drawing in pencil. Matthew 19:13-15.

In this colourisation particular care and attention has been paid to the flesh colours and tones. This is probably because the chromist would have been aware of one of the most popular prints of the final decade of the 19th century: Prang’s Prize Babies. A chromolithograph is made using anywhere from eight to forty stones, one for each colour:  a “chromist” specialized in breaking down the colours needed to re-create the painting in ink. A progressive proof book by Louis Prang (1824-1909) called “Prang’s Prize Babies” had showed the process of chromolithography in creating an image from  separate colour stones. After an oil painting by Ida Waugh, the print was sold door-to-door by traveling salesmen and saleswomen. The thirty-eight progressive proof prints using nineteen separate stones to create the final image were printed in a limited edition given to those who sold the most prints, as an encouragement for their successful sales record. This became one of Prang’s most popular prints of the late 1880s. (“Prang’s Prize Babies. How This Picture is Made. An Outline of the Process of Chromolithography . . .” Louis Prang & Co. (Boston, Massachusetts) 1888.)

Prang’s Prize Babies 31st plate 16th colour; 32nd plate 16 colours combined.

Prang’s Prize Babies 35th plate 18th colour; 36th plate 18 colours combined.

Prang’s Prize Babies 37th plate 19th colour; 38th plate 19 colours combined.

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