Prints and Printmaking: An Introduction to the History and Techniques

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A print is a pictorial image that has been produced by a process that enables it to be multiplied, and many of the best-known works by some of the world's greatest artists are prints. Yet little is understood about this popular art form. Now Antony Griffiths provides an excellent introduction for anyone who wishes to acquire a basic understanding of prints and printmaking. In succinct and lucid language, he explains the different printmaking techniques and shows both details and whole prints to demonstrate the ...
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Overview

A print is a pictorial image that has been produced by a process that enables it to be multiplied, and many of the best-known works by some of the world's greatest artists are prints. Yet little is understood about this popular art form. Now Antony Griffiths provides an excellent introduction for anyone who wishes to acquire a basic understanding of prints and printmaking. In succinct and lucid language, he explains the different printmaking techniques and shows both details and whole prints to demonstrate the effects that can be achieved. Woodcuts, engraving, etching, mezzotint, and lithography are among the many processes explained, illustrated, and placed within a historical context. This fully revised and updated edition of the highly praised 1980 British publication is available for the first time in the United States. With its complete glossary, index, and helpful illustrations, Griffiths's book is the essential foundation for an intelligent appreciation of the printmaker's art.

Author Biography: Antony Griffiths is Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. He is the co-author of Avant-Garde British Printmaking, 1914-1960 and German Printmaking in the Age of Goethe. He is the editor of Landmarks in Print Collecting: Connoisseurs and Donors at the British Museum since 1753.

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Library Journal
In this second edition of a book first published in 1980, Griffiths, a specialist in the Department of Prints and Drawing at the British Museum, claims to have corrected errors in the first edition and to have updated the well-organized bibliography. The book makes the modest claim of being an introductory text that touches on the basics of various printmaking techniques and briefly describes the history of each. It is strongest in the area of history, and a great deal of information is systematically presented in a relatively short space. The illustrations, all taken from the collections of the British Museum, are well chosen and beautifully reproduced. As with many books of this nature, the reader will wish for illustrations of all of the works mentioned, but this title makes no claim to be comprehensive, and the excellent bibliography will lead interested readers further. An excellent choice as a main or supplemental course text, it will serve any library as a basic overview of the subject.-Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394326733
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1981
  • Pages: 152

Meet the Author

Antony Griffiths is Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. He is the co-author of Avant-Garde British Printmaking, 1914-1960 and German Printmaking in the Age of Goethe. He is the editor of Landmarks in Print Collecting: Connoisseurs and Donors at the British Museum since 1753.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition 7
What is a Print? 9
Relief Printing Processes 13
Woodcut 13
Linocut 22
Wood-engraving 22
Metalcut and Relief Etching 29
Intaglio Printing Processes 31
Engraving 38
Etching 56
Drypoint 71
Crayon-manner and Stipple: the dot processes 77
Mezzotint 83
Aquatint 89
Soft-ground Etching 97
Lithography 100
Screenprinting 109
Colour Printing 113
Colour Woodcut 115
Colour Intaglio Printing 117
Colour Lithography 120
Photomechanical Reproduction Processes 121
Processes of Relief Printing 121
Processes of Intaglio Printing 123
Processes of Surface Printing 125
Processes of Colour Printing 126
Catalogues of Prints; Books about Printmaking and the History of Prints 128
Abbreviations and Lettering 134
Glossary 137
Index 157
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