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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 65

Caxton Lithographic and Printing Works

Caxton Lithographic and Printing Works.

Mr. A. D. Willis has, for some years, paid great attention to the lithographic portion of this business, and his enterprise and perseverence have at length succeeded in placing him at the top of the trade—no other house in New Zealand being able to produce the same class of work. The Christmas cards of New Zealand fauna and scenery are really works of art, and the preparation alone of them has been a source of profit to a number of people. Quite recently he has published two very ambitious views, both of which are perfect marvels of drawing on stone, and quite equal to page 26 anything done in England, the one of Wellington being printed in fourteen colours, the artist being Mr. W. Potts, the chief of Mr. Willis's lithographic staff. Playing cards, printers' ornamental cards, ball programmes, one series of which are gems, being entirely composed of New Zealand scenes, and all executed in a style that would be thought good in London. A first prize was awarded to Mr. Willis for this work at the Colonial Exhibition held in Wellington lately. The machinery is of the newest description, and is constantly being added to. The letter-press printing portion of the establishment is also equal to any strain likely to be made upon it. At present the number of hands employed are upwards of fifteen. The book store and stationery establishment is very complete. Artists' materials, cricketing, and football requisites, periodicals, &c., &c.

Mr. H. I. Jones has also an extensive printing establishment in the Avenue. At his establishment artists can be fitted with every requisite for oil or water colour drawing. Canvas, easels, mahls, brushes, sable, hog hair, cricketing, football, and lawn tennis materials. His stock of hand-painted cards for Christmas and Easter are quite a local industry, and the variety he imports is perhaps the most extensive in the district.

No artist need bother himself with impedimenta, he can obtain all requisites in Wanganui, and can be supplied by train or post at a few hours notice.