Brett’s rendition of the Palace Pier, Brighton, was made using lithography, a printing process where the image is drawn onto a flat stone or aluminium surface using a greasy ink. A solution of gum arabic and nitric acid is applied all over the surface, to make water-receptive areas (non-printing) and grease-receptive image areas. The printing surface is kept wet, so that a roller charged with oil-based ink can be rolled over the surface, and ink will only stick to the grease-receptive image area. Paper is then placed against the surface and the plate is run through a press. Because water repels oil, the areas without an image can remain plain, or be layered up with repeated printings using separate stones.
The Palace Pier, Brighton
Date of work
Original: Lithograph on paper 50.2 x 70.2 cm © Bernard Brett
Bernard Brett (born 1925) is a British painter and lithographer.