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Urban & Industrial Imagery, Elizabeth Harvey-LeeAlthough of necessity, as a source of patronage, early printmakers were based in towns and cities, urban imagery occurs surprisingly little in 16th century prints. Perhaps because the discovery of landscape was a 16th century preoccupation it was landscape that was usually selected in preference to townscape for biblical and mythological settings by engravers of the period.

The 17th century saw a change in sensibilities. Callot and della Bella celebrated the everyday life and the architectural backdrop of the cities of Florence, Rome and Paris. Hollar recorded the architecture of London before the Great Fire. The following century Hogarth commented on London society of all echelons while in Rome Piranesi’s imagination was caught both by the remaining splendours of ancient Rome as well as the monuments of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. In Venice Canaletto captured sunlight on real and imaginary stone edifices. The town and city became subjects in their own right and not just backdrops to other themes.

With the Etching Revival in the second half of the 19th century and the Etching Boom in the early decades of the 20th, urban imagery abounded. The number of printmakers active increased hugely; they were drawn to the capital cities of Europe for their training at a time when London was the hub of a world empire and Paris the centre of the art world. Population increase, new building projects, new methods of transport, mass production, made city streets lively and demanding of artistic expression. Artists approached the subject with a wealth of individual styles and techniques, diverse interests and observations, which resulted in a dynamic variety of imagery.

Every aspect of urban life was touched on, from the purely architectural to street life; topography of famous sights (& sites) and historic architecture, dereliction, demolition, construction, inner city, city centre, suburbia, cafés, pubs, theatres, libraries and museums, parks, sporting activity, buses, tubes, railways, street vendors, high street shopping, rivers, canals, ports, industrial activity.

In an era when industry and industrial towns have become clean (at least in principle) and technology is governed by the microchip, images of our heritage from the industrial revolution take on a romantic nostalgia, much as earlier in the century the decline in traditional farming methods and country crafts with the move towards mass production gave rise to a final celebration of English pastoralism. Tenements, regimented industrial brick terraces, soaring factory chimneys, power stations, bottle kilns, the landscape of the slagheap, are specifically 20th century additions to the motifs of urban imagery.

The catalogue is arranged broadly in a chronological sequence.
A selection of stock focusing on an urban or industrial theme has thrown up an array of interesting minor artists working in the 20th century.

Published 1994
48 pages, 144 items described and illustrated in b/w  

(UK Price: £7, International orders: £10)

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Rural Prints

Published together with
Opening exhibition after
the move to Oxfordshire

It seemed perverse to mark the opening of my new gallery, indeed my first gallery (open as usual by appointment), after our move to the rural delights of north Oxfordshire with an exhibition of urban and industrial imagery.

The delayed Spring catalogue was accordingly accompanied by a supplementary brochure of new stock more appropriate to the venue of the exhibition.

The catalogue comprises a small selection of scenes of country life, country crafts, farm animals, landscape and prints and artists with Oxfordshire connections.

Published 1994 together with Urban & Industrial Imagery.
12 pages, 27 items (numbered 145-172), 29 b/w illustrations (one item un-illustrated).

Index of Artists in Rural Prints

  • Anderson S
  • Arms J T
  • Badmin S
  • Bevan R P
  • Bol H
  • Borcht P van de
  • Clausen G
  • Collaert A
  • Coxon R J
  • Craig J
  • Daumier H
  • Gaskin A J
  • Grossmann R
  • Hodges P O
  • Lack M
  • Liebermann M
  • Lock A
  • Mataré E
  • Strang D
  • Strang I
  • Tournour M
  • White E

(A copy of Rural Prints will be sent free of charge, upon request, to anyone ordering a copy of Urban & Industrial Imagery.)

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Artists included in the catalogue:

  • Abbé S van
  • Alleaume L
  • Antinori P C
  • Armington F M
  • Armour J R
  • Austin F
  • Austin R
  • Baertson A
  • Bauman P
  • Béjot E
  • Bliss D P
  • Bloxam J M
  • Bol H
  • Bone M
  • Bouttats G
  • Brangwyn F
  • Brauniger P
  • Buhot F
  • Burroughs E R
  • Callot J
  • Campbell N M
  • Casbolt W
  • Collaert A
  • Cowern R T
  • Delâtre E
  • Dodd F
  • Figura H
  • Fischer O
  • Fleming I
  • Fraser I
  • Garwood T
  • Ginner C
  • Goff R
  • Graf O
  • Gross A
  • Grossmann R
  • Hackney A
  • Haden F S
  • Hall C
  • Heyman C
  • Hollar W
  • Holloway E
  • Holmes K
  • Howarth A
  • Ibels H G
  • Illingworth A S
  • Kapp H B
  • Laborde C
  • Lalanne M
  • Leighton C
  • Liebermann M
  • Lumsden E S
  • MacLaughlan D S
  • Mansfield E
  • Manson J B
  • Masereel F
  • Meid H
  • Meryon C
  • Monk W
  • Müller R
  • Nevinson C R W
  • Nieuwenkamp W O J
  • Oppler E
  • Osborne M
  • Pallmann K
  • Pennel J
  • Plowman G T
  • Pougny C
  • Raffaëlli J F
  • Reeve R S
  • Richards F
  • Rosenberg L
  • Rossini L
  • Roussel T
  • Rushbury H
  • Sanders V
  • Scharf T
  • Schutz A
  • Schwabe R
  • Short F
  • Slaney N
  • Sparks N
  • Spencer N W
  • Steinlen T A
  • Steyn S
  • Taiée A
  • Taylor C W
  • Taylor E W
  • Thomson L E
  • Tod M M
  • Vidal P
  • Visscher C J
  • Vos M de
  • Walcot W
  • Walford A C
  • Ward L M
  • Warlow H G
  • Warner E
  • Way T R
  • Webb C C
  • Whistler J M
  • White E
  • Wolff H
  • Zeising W
  • Zierath W

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