HENRY MOORE PORTFOLIO PRINTS 1950-1981
This group of prints was not produced as a portfolio, though they were conceived as group with the intention of publishing them as a set. They developed from an original drawing transferred onto a master plate by Stanley Jones at the Curwen Press. Moore experimented with a number of combinations of foreground images on proofs of the background turned in different directions. The group were all printed by Curwen Prints Ltd in an edition of 50 and published by Raymond Spencer Company Ltd in 1984.
- Accession Number P5244
- Dimensions 43.2 X 58.1 CM
- Media ETCHING AND AQUATINT
The depiction of shapes and forms on a flat surface chiefly by means of lines although colour and shading may also be included. Materials most commonly used are pencil, ink, crayon, charcoal, chalk and pastel, although other materials, including paint, can be used in combination.
All copies of a book, print, portfolio, sculpture, etc., issued or produced at one time or from a single set of type. Printed works can be made in an edition of between one and many thousands of copies. With most printing techniques the plate or screen will become worn if very many prints are made, so to maintain quality (and exclusivity) editions of original prints are usually kept below one hundred copies and normally average between thirty and fifty copies. Prints made up of several different plates can be extremely complicated and time-consuming to edition, so in these cases editions are kept low for practical reasons. Sculptural editions are a set of cast sculptures taken from the same mould or master. These editions are usually much lower, consisting of no more than six casts. Though each cast in an edition might have a lower value than a unique piece, it may be a more effective way of offsetting costs of an expensive process such as bronze casting.
A set of pictures (as drawings, photographs or prints) either bound in book form or loose in a folder. These can be by the same artist or individual works by a selection of artists. The term also refers to the folder which holds the set.