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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Paula Rego prints bring success stories

14 October 2019

Much of Paula Rego’s (b.1935) work is concerned with narrative, as seen in this limited-edition lithograph of a girl reading a book.

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Pugilist pioneers bid to punchy price at Dorset saleroom

23 September 2019

Daniel Mendoza is considered one of the first ‘modern’ boxers – one who helped elevate boxing to a sport rather than just two blokes beating each other up.

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Auctioneers in South Cerney had a sense of huge interest

16 September 2019

One of the star turns in the summer sale in South Cerney of Martin Orsky’s wonderful library emerged towards the end of the day. This was a uniformly framed set of five stencil coloured woodcut broadsides, heightened with bodycolour and glitter and representing ‘The Five Senses’, sold at £30,000.

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Lowry signed limited edition prints and drawings bring good returns at auction

09 September 2019

Before an artist achieves ‘blue chip’ status, there is often a watershed moment in the market – a result – that makes people sit up and take note. For the Salford painter LS Lowry (1887-1976) this was the purchase of 'Going To The Match' in 1999 at Sotheby’s by the Professional Footballers’ Association.

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Pick of the week: 18th century dockyard plans detailing the Royal Navy war machine attract wave of bids

19 August 2019

A complete set of plans showing what was once the world’s largest industrial complex and the British state’s single biggest investment has sold in Cornwall. Thomas Milton’s plans of the Royal Dockyards sold to an online buyer for £10,000 (plus 18% buyer’s premium) at David Lay's latest sale in Penzance.

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Mirror images give snapshot of Paris style

05 August 2019

Original lithographs by Joan Miró and Marc Chagall star at Eames Fine Art’s exhibition 'Behind the Mirror'. Held at the Bermondsey galley from August 8-September 1, the show is named for the magazine, Derrière le Miroir, the leading modern art publication in 20th century Paris along with Verve.

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Obituary: 'Buccaneering' print dealer Nicholas William Lott

15 July 2019

We regret to announce the death of Nicholas William Lott, at the age of 70. He died surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 5.

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Bird images by Elizabeth Gould takes centre stage at Sotheran’s show

15 July 2019

Vivid and lifelike, the lithograph of an Ariel Toucan shown below first appeared in a monograph by British naturalist John Gould (1804-81), 'The Bird Man'. Despite being in the hand of his wife Elizabeth (1804-41), this, like most of the illustrations in John’s publications, was long considered to be essentially his work.

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Pick of the week: Print shows bidding for books way back in c.1700

08 July 2019

A rare copy of the earliest-known depiction of a book auction emerged for sale in Gloucestershire at the end of last month.

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Edward Bawden Liverpool Street Station print steams in at £9200

17 June 2019

Edward Bawden (1903-89) produced his celebrated print, Liverpool Street Station, in 1961. He knew the station well – using it regularly when travelling between London and his home in Great Bardfield, Essex.

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Horse sense: Robert Bevan lithographs trot into saleroom

10 June 2019

London’s horse dealers, auctioneers and cab-yards are among the most memorable subjects painted by Camden Town Group founder Robert Bevan (1865-1925) during the early 20th century.

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Ganymed prints boost Lowry value

20 May 2019

When it comes to buying limited-edition prints by LS Lowry (1887-1976), those produced by one publisher in particular stand out above the rest for collectors.

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Rembrandt stands out at print event

13 May 2019

An etching by Rembrandt (1606-69) offered by CG Boerner for a five-figure sum was among the stand-out Old Master sales during the recent London Original Print Fair.

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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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