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Print and Engraving Stock Books

1862-1988

Title

Print and Engraving Stock Books

Date

1862-1988

Archive reference number

NGA27/1/3

Description

The Print and Engraving Stock Books can be described in three parts. The first seven volumes record all prints and engravings acquired as stock between 1862-1988 (NGA27/1/3/1-7). There are also a number of medium or artist specific volumes (NGA27/1/3/8-10). Finally, there are three volumes which enabled the firm to keep track of the number of engravings sold and remaining between 1882-1898 (NGA27/1/3/11-13), and late 20th century purchases and sales of prints books (NGA27/1/3/14-17). Read on for information about the the classification often used within these stock books:

Print Classifications:

(1) Originally, prints were classified alphabetically using the 'Description' column (which recorded the artist, engraver/etcher, title, and occasionally medium), but the type of information used for classification varies. For example, in Print Stock Book 1, prints created after Lawrence Alma-Tadema tended to be classified in the 'A' section. On the other hand, in the same volume, Alma-Tadema's "The Kiss" can be found in the 'K' section. Moreover, many prints in 'A' were classified by their title rather than artist; for example, "Annuciation" after Edward Burne-Jones and the "Almeria" mezzotint after John Opie.

(2) Alphabetical classifications were gradually phased out during the 20th century, and there were also a number of subsequent changes. The following list will indicate how the classifications changed, and which volumes they can be found within:

A: (1) in vols. 1-6

B: (1) in vols. 1-5; Coloured prints and black and white stipples in vols. 1-3; Old 'SP' stock numbers, see classification below in vols. 6-7

BX: Coloured prints and black and white stipples in vols. 3-6

C: (1) in vols. 1-4; Constable Lucas engravings only in vols. 4-6; Prints from Major W. Spowers collection (1969) in vols. 6-7

D: (1) in vols. 1-5

E: (1) in vols. 1-5; Original etchings in vols. 1-4; Prints from Lady Eccles collection (1979) in vol. 7

EX: Original etchings, including Fittons in vols. 3-5

F: (1) including French engravings in vols. 1-5; French engravings only in vols. 4-6

FX: Prints from Mrs Flower's collection (1912) in vols. 3-4

G: (1) in vols. 1-5

H: (1) in vols. 1-5; Original mezzotints by Norman Hirst only in vols. 4-5

I/J: (1) in vols. 1-4

K: (1) in vols. 1-4

L: (1) in vols. 1-5; Leech sketches only in vols. 4-5

M: (1) in vols. 1-5; All modern engravings and etching except C, EX, H, L and T in vols. 4-5

N: (1) in vols. 1-4

O: (1) in vols. 1-4

P: (1) in vols. 1-5; All stock purchased after 1950 in vols. 5-7

Q: (1) in vols. 1-4

R: (1) in vols. 1-5; Mezzotints in black and white in vols. 1-3

RA: Framed engravings held on joint account with Mr Robert Rankin in vols. 5-6

RX: Mezzotints in black and white in vols. 3-6

S: (1) including sporting prints in vols. 1-5; Old sporting prints in vols. 4-6

SP: Prints in volumes which were transferred from 'P', after 1965 in vols. 6-7

T: (1) in vols. 1-6; Engravings after J.M.W. Turner only in vols. 4-6

U/V: (1) in vols. 1-5

W: (1) in vols. 1-4

Y: (1) in vols. 2-3

Common Abbreviations within print stock books include:

a. 1, 2 st = 1st, 2nd state

b. Ap = Artist's Proof

c. BL = Before Letters, sometimes written in full "pf. bef. letters"

d. Col-d aquatint / litho / line engraving etc = Coloured aquatint etc

e. Eng = engraving

f. Lp, Litho = Lithograph print

g. Rp = Remarque/Remark proof

h. fd/frd, fr extra = framed, frame extra

i. pf = proof

j. Vell = Vellum

For information relating to date ranges and stock numbers within each volume, please refer to the associated descriptions (NGA27/1/4/1-7).

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