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Graphic Alchemy, Elizabeth Harvey-LeeIt is always interesting when searching through recent acquisitions for my Winter catalogue to find incidental correspondences becoming apparent and it is these that usually suggest a title.

This winter’s offerings include the splendid portrait of Frank Short by Malcolm Osborne, showing him in his etching studio, with all the paraphernalia of intaglio printmaking, as well as a fascinating and very rare image of a late 19th century French lithographic studio. There is also an unusual French Romantic lithograph of a tiger and lion, which was made in imitation of a mezzotint as a demonstration of the versatility of lithography. And included too is a nice group of seven wood engravings by Monica Poole, as well as woodcuts drawn directly on the wood block by Dürer and Manet.

Graphic Alchemy, Elizabeth Harvey-LeeAll the above examples, achieved through a variety of different printmaking processes, made me consider their respective individual matrixes of copper, stone or wood, and the ensuing chemical reaction should the process require acid, as well as pondering the essential nature of printmaking itself, whereby the artist working in reverse on whichever mineral matrix, through transfer of the image by printing, creates a work of art on paper.

A work of art of greater worth than the intrinsic value of the engendering copper, stone or wood; the equivalent of ‘gold’ transmuted from ‘base’ metals.

However, this catalogue also shows a bias towards modern British etchings and drypoints, particularly of architectural subjects…

Published Winter 2010
52 pages, 131 items, with 142 illustrations, 10 being in colour.

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

Prints still available
A selection of prints still available from Graphic Alchemy can be seen shortly in the Selections section of the website.


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Artists included in the catalogue:

  • Anderson S
  • Austen W
  • Banks H
  • Barendsz D
  • Bawden R
  • Blampied E
  • Bol H
  • Boulanger H
  • Brangwyn F
  • Butcher E
  • Cameron D Y
  • Canaletto
  • Carter P Y
  • Cock H
  • Collaert H
  • Cort C
  • Cotman J S
  • Daikoko-ya
  • Darbyshire B D
  • Dodd F
  • Dürer A
  • Evans H P
  • Fauchon H
  • Fitton H
  • Floris F
  • Fürstová M
  • German School
  • Goff R
  • Guérard H
  • Haden F A
  • Hamson T D
  • Hollar W
  • Hondius H
  • Hughes E
  • Ilsted P
  • John E
  • Klein A
  • Kemp-Welch M
  • Kolbe C W
  • Laboureur J E
  • Lalanne M
  • Lee S
  • Legros A
  • Litten S M
  • Livett U
  • Manet E
  • McBey J
  • Menpes M
  • Middlehurst F
  • Morris M
  • Nixon J
  • Oppler E
  • Osborne M
  • Osgood H
  • Parker A M
  • Parrish S
  • Piper E
  • Piranesi G B
  • Poole M
  • Ranft R
  • Robert H
  • Robertson D
  • Rosenberg L
  • Rushbury H
  • Sadeler J
  • Schmutzer F
  • Short F
  • Smart D
  • Squirrel K
  • Steel K
  • Strang I
  • Taylor E W
  • Tunnicliffe C F
  • Ury L
  • Vivant-Denon D
  • Vos M de
  • Walcot W
  • Washington W
  • White E
  • Wyllie W L

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