Prints

Printmaking is generally defined as the creation of multiple impressions of an image. Each print may features slight variations with individual examples usually known as ‘impressions,’ and multiple impressions as an ‘edition.’

Among the many varieties of printmaking are woodcuts, engravings, etching, mezzotints, lithographs and screenprints.


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The web shop window: lithograph published by the Curwen Press for The Lyons Lithographs

15 April 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Rare JMW Turner mezzotints on display at London fair

08 April 2019

Four prints hand-engraved by JMW Turner (1775-1851) for a rare and enigmatic series of landscapes feature at the next London Original Print Fair (LOPF) later this month.

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Two Bawden pier versions appear at auction a day apart

08 April 2019

Two versions of Edward Bawden’s (1903-89) famous 'Brighton Pier' linocut came up at UK auctions within a day of each other.

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How artist George Baxter made an impression

25 March 2019

In 1835, artist George Baxter (1804-67) patented his method for affordable, mass produced colour printing. The combination intaglio and relief process became known as the ‘Baxter method,’ and the resulting images are a window into how Victorians viewed the major events of the mid-19th century.

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Ancient market a ‘thriving niche’

25 March 2019

It was during a period of intense industrialisation that the 19th century pastoral tradition in British print making flourished.

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Price is far from the end of the world for Durer Apocalypse

11 March 2019

Conducted by Christie’s Paris (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) in collaboration with Bertrand Meaudre of Paris dealer Librairie Landarchet, a February 20 sale featured the dispersal of the library of Marc Litzler for a premium-inclusive total of €4.4m (£3.82m).

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Five features of Forum Auctions’ upcoming two-day sale

22 January 2019

South London’s Forum Auctions will hold its latest sales in its usual venue of The Westbury Hotel in central London with highlights including a Lowry pencil on paper and a rare lithographic poster for the legendary ocean liner SS Normandie.

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Banksy prints sell out at Forum Auctions’ latest London sale

29 November 2018

An ‘unshredded’ version of a print of Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ was the highlight of Forum Auctions' latest Banksy Editions sale totalling 25 lots.

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Buyer splashes out on a classic Hockney print

17 September 2018

Among the most iconic works of David Hockney’s (b.1937) output was his Paper Pools series, focusing on the private Californian swimming pools he experienced in the late 1970s.

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Frida Kahlo, Edward Hopper and Fernand Léger star among six highlights at the Fine Art Print Fair

13 September 2018

The Fine Art Print Fair hosts 27 international dealers offering Old Master to contemporary prints in a range of styles and subjects.

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Picasso’s lithography love shown at Bamfords sale in Derby

03 September 2018

Just a month after the Second World War, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was in Paris working at the lithography workshop of Fernand Mourlot (1895-1988). It was the beginning of a collaboration that would last almost three decades and produce more than 400 different graphic images and editions.

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Rare Boston Tea Party cartoon from colonial America goes under the hammer in Dallas auction

24 August 2018

In a rare cartoon depicting the Boston Tea Party the Goddess of Liberty says: “Behold the Ardor of my sons and let not their brave Actions be buried in Oblivion.”

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Matisse prints on sale en masse

16 July 2018

Highlights from dealer Bernard Jacobson’s huge collection of prints by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) are currently on offer at his London gallery.

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Shortlist announced for London Original Print Fair museums’ acquisitions prize

24 April 2018

The London Original Print Fair (LOPF) has shortlisted five institutions for this year’s acquisition award. The successful entrant will win £8000 to spend at the fair which takes place at the Royal Academy of Arts on May 3-6.

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Peter Harrington holds Lowry exhibition featuring leading lithograph

16 April 2018

An exhibition of works by LS Lowry (1887-1976) has recently moved from Peter Harrington’s Dover Street shop to its Fulham Road location where it is on show until April 28.

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Innovations at The London Original Print Fair set to draw in young collectors

16 April 2018

The fair offering a way to own a big name without the huge cost is back for 33rd staging.

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Saleroom selection: five lots from former V&A director’s collection offered at auction

27 March 2018

Works from the collection of Dr Alan Borg, former director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, will be offered at auction tomorrow at London saleroom 25 Blythe Road with estimates ranging from £100 up to £1000.

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Birth of art photography: A selection of early Victorian photographs come to auction as the National Portrait Gallery unveils new exhibition

05 March 2018

Work by ground-breaking Victorian photographers Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Lewis Carroll will be offered at auction this week in Gloucestershire.

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Still-lifes and heroes: the Works on Paper Fair has third edition at Royal Geographical Society

07 February 2018

The Works on Paper Fair ended its third run at the Royal Geographical Society on Sunday.

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Gerald Brockhurst prints exhibition feature striking portraits of the famous and fictional

29 January 2018

Detailed and dark, the prints of Gerald Brockhurst (1890-1978) offer striking portraits of both the famous and fictional from the first half of the 20th century.

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