Prints and printmaking : an introduction to the history and techniques / Antony Griffiths.

by Griffiths, AntonyLooking glass; British MuseumLooking glass.

Publisher: London : British Museum, 1996.Edition: Second edition.Description: 160 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), facsimiles, portraits ; 25 cm.ISBN: 071412608X.Subject(s): Prints -- TechniqueLooking glassNote: Previous ed.: 1980.Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This revised work provides a basic introduction to prints and printmaking. It provides explanations of different techniques of printmaking and illustrates both details and whole prints to show the effects that can be achieved. Woodcut, engraving and mezzotint are among the different processes explained and placed within an historical context.

Previous ed.: 1980.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Admirably fulfilling its goal as an introduction to printmaking processes, this book offers a concise history of print media and how they served individual artists, techniques, and commercial applications. Its main chapters concern the techniques of relief, intaglio, lithography, screen printing, color printing, and photomechanical reproduction. Interspersed are rich, informative, and entertaining discussions on the historical developments, often including anecdotes of artists and their publishers. Printmaking may be compared to the Internet as a means for distributing imagery--and parallels it in transforming invention into media of dispersion. The fine print process, however, cannot be reduced to pixels; moreover, it engages the viewer on the various aspects of social context, technical innovation, visual statement, and aesthetic power. This is the second edition of a book first published in 1980 and long out of print; its lucid explanations and excellently chosen illustrations present the concepts, techniques, and appearances of fine prints in a superb form. General; undergraduate (including two-year technical); professional. A. Golahny Lycoming College

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