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13th August 2019

Hidden Stock: Top 5 Most Arresting Print Collections

With so many long and diverse runs of immediately eye catching prints in stock it can be difficult, at times, to pinpoint the most appropriate and cohesive collections for your home. We’ve cut through our entire inventory to bring you our Top 5 Staff Picks.


1. Matisse Cut Outs, The Last Works


Ill health wrought havoc on Matisse’s manual dexterity and seriously questioned his ability to challenge for the throne of Greatest 20th Century colourist. That position was hotly contested by his great rival Pablo Picasso. But it was necessity that drove him to invent a totally new medium; large collages of cut-and-pasted paper. Just as abstract and bold as anything being made by much younger artists in the early 1950s. The ‘Last Works’ collection is still under appreciated in comparison to the omnipresent, ‘Jazz’ works and this could be considered the Matisse connoisseurs choice.



2. The Four Stages of Cruelty after William Hogarth


The Four Stages of Cruelty was initially a series of printed engravings by Hogarth, published in the London Evening Post in 1751. This later collection was engraved in 1803 by Thomas Cook from the original. We clearly see depicted the four scenes in cruelty’s path. There’s abuse of animals, Cruelty in Perfection, a scene of seduction, corruption and brutal murder. The fourth stage illustrates the Rewards of Cruelty; the lead character Tom Nero has been hanged and is mutilated. The very definition of gore!




3. Joan Miro lithographs from Derriere le Miroir magazine


The close relationship with master print maker Fernand Mourlot resulted in the creation of over one thousand Joan Miró lithographic print editions. His process of automatic drawing, allowing the hand to move randomly on the surface, was the perfect applied style for lithography. A true master of the printmaking medium, Miró received the Grand Prize for Graphic Work at the Venice Biennale in 1954.


4. Anatomical Drawings of the 18th Century


Medical illustrations were’t always so boring and scientific as they are today. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, anatomical representations used to instruct students about the human body, its organs, and form were images of beauty and artistry. But by the 18th century the tide was turning and a few anatomists began to chastise the idealised, allegorical human bodies of the normative tradition in favour of practical knowledge. Luckily for us, this collection made the grade, and is definitely still more artistic than practical.



5. London and Westminster, and borough of Southwark


The sheer scale of this 24 sheet survey earns its place on our list. The completed map measurs 6 ½ feet by 13 and is comprised of 24 separate sheets. It encompassed an area of 10,000 acres and drawn at a scale of 200ft to the 1inch.



For the full list of all the prints we have in stock, please look here.

Or if there is a specific print or framed artwork you are on the hunt for; get in contact with our print expert Graham Hilleard.