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Edward Bawden The Feast, The Gardens of Hamilcar, 1960, Lithograph

Originally printed by Cambridge University Press for the Limited Editions Club in 1960. The book was a limited edition of 1500 copies but this printer’s proof is a rare example from Bawdens studio and originally came from the Fry Art Gallery.

Frame size: 37.5 x 49.5cm Image size: 33.5 x 20cm

Lithography is a printing process that uses a flat stone or metal plate on which the image areas are worked using a greasy substance so that the ink will adhere to them, while the non-image areas are made ink-repellent. A printing process based on the fact that grease and water don’t mix. The image is applied to a grained surface (traditionally stone but now usually aluminium or plastic transparent sheets) using a greasy medium: such as a special greasy ink. A solution of gum arabic and nitric acid is then applied over the surface, producing water-receptive non-printing areas and grease-receptive image areas. A roller charged with oil-based ink is rolled over the surface, and ink will only stick to the grease-receptive image area. Paper is then placed against the surface and the plate is run through a press.

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