Lithograph paper

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Hand-colored lithograph
MFA# 33.923


A paper used for lithographic reproductions. Lithograph paper is usually a highly Calendered paper made from bleached Chemical wood pulp. Although some lower quality papers may contain a mixture of chemical pulp and mechanical pulp. In England, litho paper is usually made from Esparto grass. Litho paper has a smooth surface that is water resistant and curl resistant. It may be coated on one or both sides with Clay.

Color lithograph
MFA# 2002.2356

Synonyms and Related Terms

litho paper; lithographic paper; offset paper

Resources and Citations

  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 575