The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, April 20, 2014


Magnificent and Rare Collection of Mezzotints Acquired by the Art Fund for the British Museum
George Stubbs, Death of a Doe, First State, printed in colour.
LONDON.- The Art Fund has helped the British Museum acquire a magnificent and rare collection of prints dating from the 1680s to the 19th century that give valuable insight into scarcely recorded aspects of British life.

Comprising 7,250 prints that chart social history up until the First World War, the collection includes rare 17th century mezzotints called ‘drolls’ which recorded semi-popular British culture and visual iconography. It also includes 18th and 19th century portrait and subject prints along with the Northumberland album – an intact album of satires on fashion and other topical subjects assembled by the Duchess of Northumberland in the 1770s.

In the late 18th century, British printmaking became one of the UK’s greatest exports and an essential element of Continental Anglomania. Mezzotint is a copperplate process that burnishes down a roughened copper plate so that the design emerges as light against black. It was the first tonal method of printing and was the medium by which British prints took Continental markets by storm in the late 1760s and 1770s.

This outstanding collection cost a total of £1,250,000. We gave £250,000 towards the acquisition, alongside a £440,000 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF). The British Museum Friends gave £300,000, a total of £161,987 was raised from private donations. £100,000 came from other British Museum sources.

Antony Griffiths, Keeper of the Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum said: "This is the largest acquisition for the British Museum print collection in the last hundred years, and makes available to the world a very important part of the history of British art."

Stephen Deuchar, our director, said: "We’re thrilled to have helped make this acquisition possible, alongside the support of the NHMF. It’s a great example of how private and public funding can come together to support important acquisitions."

This outstanding collection exists due to the dedication of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd who has spent nearly 40 years amassing a unique collection of more than 40,000 British mezzotints. After examination of this extraordinary collection, the British Museum has acquired a selection of these rare prints to fill gaps unrepresented in any other UK collection.

The Art Fund | Stephen Deuchar | Antony Griffiths |


Today's News

October 6, 2010

For the First Time Ever, The Museo del Prado Exhibits Treasures from Its Library

Preserved Feathers and Scales of a Giant Penguin Fossil Gives Evolutionary Clues

Damien Hirst Fills the Paul Stolper Gallery with 120 Framed, Foilblock Butterfly Prints

First Exhibition in 45 Years Devoted to Renaissance Master Jan Gossart on View at Metropolitan Museum

Tiny Footprints from Poland Show that First Dinosaurs Walked on Little Cat Feet

Magnificent and Rare Collection of Mezzotints Acquired by the Art Fund for the British Museum

Record Number of Visitors this Summer for the United Kingdom's National Museums

Biennale of Sydney Announces Joint Artistic Directors for 2012: Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster

Robert F. Kennedy-Owned Emancipation Proclamation Up for Auction

Nazi Praise Sparks Switzerland's Rethink of Modernist Architect Le Corbusier

Judd Foundation Announces It will Now Be Represented Exclusively by David Zwirner

Teotihuacan's Emblematic Monument, The Sun Pyramid, Still an Enigma for Archaeologists

£769,250 Achieved at Sotheby's for Rediscovered Paintings Depicting Tipu Sultan's Victory over the British

DeCordova Announces the Rappaport Endowment Fund and the Winner of the 11th Rappaport Prize

Completely Renewed, the National Museum of Cultures to Be Reopened

France 1500: Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance at the Galeries nationales Grand Palais

New Work by Turner Prize Nominated Artist, Cornelia Parker, Loses Wing in Cuts Campaign

Sotheby's First-Ever Evening Sale of Islamic Art Realises £7 Million - Well Above Pre-Sale Expectations

Important Whistler and Old Master Prints at Swann Galleries' Three-Part Print Auction

The Onassis Cultural Center in New York Explores the Role of Heroes in Society

Portland-based Artist to Exhibit for Art For Arts' Sake Opening of the New Orleans Art Season

As 'Peanuts' Turn 60, Schulz Family Plans Future - More TV Specials and New Film

Sears Wants to Buy Back Willis Tower Sculpture Made by Alexander Calder

First Day of Historic Three-Day Attic Sale at Chatsworth Realises US$7 Million

First Kristin Baker Exhibition in an American Museum Opens at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Sidney Nolan's Antarctic Paintings on Display at the Polar Museum in Cambridge

Baba Bling: The Peranakan Chinese of Singapore at the Musée du Quai Branly

Modern Works by Artist Joan Miró Displayed at Metropolitan Museum with Dutch Old Master Paintings

Sotheby's Hong Kong Fine Chinese 2010 Autumn Sale Fetches US$52.2 Million

Rainer Fetting's "Manscapes", Painted between 1974 and 2010, on View at Kunsthalle Tubingen

Fire Virtually Destroys Southeastern England Landmark 19th-Century Hastings Pier

More than 60 Rare and Unpublished Photographs by Richard Avedon Set for Auction

Maryhill Museum of Art Announces Plans for First Expansion in 70-Year History

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- 'World's oldest message in a bottle', tossed in sea 101 years ago, reaches granddaughter

2.- East-West/West-East: Qatar unveils desert sculpture by American artist Richard Serra

3.- Ming-era 'chicken cup' sells for $36.05 million breaking record for Chinese porcelain

4.- United States pastor Kevin Sutherland convicted over Damien Hirst fake paintings

5.- Major exhibition at Pinacothèque de Paris explores the myth of Cleopatra

6.- Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles opens with inaugural exhibition "Van Gogh Live!"

7.- Landmark exhibition opens in New York exploring the ancient kingdoms of Southeast Asia

8.- Palm-sized scroll that mentions Jesus's wife is ancient: Harvard Theological Review

9.- Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have had Jewish ancestry: British television documentary

10.- Bonhams to sell Madame de Pompadour's favourite porcelain which surfaced in Devon after 350 years

Related Stories



Rare Vintage Photograph by Roger Fenton Saved for Bradford's National Media Museum

New Works by Grayson Perry to Go on Show in Manchester

Chaired by Michael Portillo, Art Fund Prize Judging Panel Announced for 2011

Burrell Collection Hopes to Acquire Rare 18th Century Golden Tiger Head from India

Magnificent and Rare Collection of Mezzotints Acquired by the Art Fund for the British Museum

Five Museums Win Share of 75,000 Pound Contemporary Craft Funding Pot

Cash-Strapped Museums Must Work Together to Keep Building and Refreshing their Collections

Awe-Inspiring Staffordshire Hoard Saved for the Nation

Eleven Curators in the Running for National Contemporary Craft Prize as Edmund de Waal is Confirmed as Judge

Major Collection of Middle Eastern Photography being Built for National Museums



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site