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The Poor Man's Paintings

o make inexpensive lithographs look more like original oil paintings, lithographers frequently varnished and framed them. Many of the nineteenth-century posters in the McCormick Collection were varnished, suggesting that they were meant to be hung in homes and offices. Some contemporary observers applauded lithography’s ability to bring imitations of fine art to the masses, while others claimed it simply degraded the originals.

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Varnished color lithograph, ca. 1882
 Printed by Shober & Carqueville Lithog. Co. (Chicago)
for McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. (Chicago)
21" x 28"

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