Privilege to the Royal Lithographic Establishment, Madrid (1834)

Source: Archivo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, 1-49-2

Privilege to the Royal Lithographic Establishment, Madrid (1834), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Privilege concerning the Royal Lithographic Establisment (Madrid)

Full title original language:
Real Orden sobre el privilegio concedido al establecimiento litográfico de Madrid

Lithography and other forms of mechanical reproduction were first used by Madrazo to reproduce under royal privilege a substantial number of paintings from the Prado Museum. But he could not stop the emergence of piracy. The argument was well known, yet still worked: if foreigners “copied” pictures from the Spanish school and then introduced them as prints, Spanish authorities needed to support their local mechanical reproduction and intervene into the lithographic trade. However the controversy around this privilege shows that the political intervention was not only an international problem. The anxiety about foreign trade veiled an underlying battle among lithographic presses in Spain (particularly in the cities of Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid) to conquer their own limited (territorial) exclusivity.

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Publisher: N/A

Year: 1834

Location: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Source: Archivo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, 1-49-2

Persons referred to:
De Burgos y del Olmo , Javier

Places referred to:
La Huerta

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Academy of Arts
Congress of Deputies
Economic Association of Valencia
Ministry of Public Works
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
Royal Lithographic Establishment of Madrid
Royal Museum


duration, prolongation of privileges
engravings, protected subject matter
interest groups
privileges, for invention

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