first lithographic print was produced by Alois Senefelder in
London in 1801. Two years later, in 1803, the process
which was to revolutionise the art of printing arrived in Paris,
which is where it developed and spread most.
The twenty-five lithographs that follow form part of an important
collection of civilian and military costumes from the different provinces
of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, which were published in two
series in Paris around about 1826. The original drawings were by the Florentine
This collection, which can also be viewed as a rare historical
document, was particularly admired both for the originality
of the subjects and the precision of the lithographic technique.
Some of the originals are conserved in collections in the National
Library in Firenze and the Perlini Collection in Arezzo.