|Wooden type (photo: Bettina Smith)|
|Color separation proof book, circa 1890. Louis Prang papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.|
|Print after two colors have been applied, a cream background and the first image of the bottle|
|Four colors, showing the first addition of green|
|The sixth color, gray, adds nuance and the bottle's shadow|
In each example, the image on the left-hand page shows a print of a single color, and the image on the right shows that print layered over all the other colors that have already been applied. This breakdown showed Prang all the steps and allowed him to tweak any if he wished. A note on the inside front cover reads: "Accepted except take out table and shadow of bottle, print this with n.102, see remarks on proofs," which confirms that Prang (or whoever wrote this note) nixed the shadow portion of the gray color layer. You can look through the entire proof book here. To see more lithographs from across the Smithsonian, try the Collections Search Center.
Bettina Smith, Digital Projects Librarian
Archives of American Art