Monday, 30 January 2012

February Sale starts on Wednesday!

Our infamous February Sale begins this Wednesday and will continue throughout the whole of the month.  Head down to the shop to make the most of reductions of up to 75% across a variety of categories, from Portraits to Maritime and Topography.   Although a little smaller than previous years there is still plenty of bargains to be found, with prices begining at less than £1 there is something for every budget and some real treasures can be discovered with a little digging!

Friday, 27 January 2012

Last day of the Art Nouveau Exhibition tomorrow

Make sure you pop down to the gallery if you want to catch a glimpse of our Art Nouveau show before we clear the decks to make way for the infamous Febuary Sale.

The exhibition has sold very well but there a still a few striking pieces that have not yet been snapped up, such  as Les Cygnes [The Swans] pictured left.

Les Cygnes [The Swans]
Francis Jourdain 
L'Estampe Moderne, no. 18, October 1898.
Image 230 x 335 mm, Sheet 305 x 404 mm

From L'Estampe Moderne, no. 18, October 1898.

Blind stamped in bottom-right corner of sheet with the image of a young woman’s profile, the emblem of L'Estampe Moderne.

Francis Jourdain (1876-1958) was a designer, writer and painter who learned printmaking from the Impressionist etcher Henri Guérard. He was also taught by Eugène Carrière and Albert Besnard. Jourdain collaborated with Besnard on the decoration of the chapel of the Hospice de Berck. He was also one of the founder members of the Salon d'Automne.

L'Estampe Moderne was first published in five folios between November 1895 and March 1896 and edited by Loÿs Delteil. The aim was to promote the art of printmaking by commissioning images from noted Art Nouveau artists. It reappeared under the editorship of Ch. Masson and H. Piazza in May 1897 and was published monthly until April 1899. Each edition was priced at 3 francs 50 centimes and printed by Imprimerie Champenois, Paris. As well as four original lithographs by Art Nouveau artists, each issue came in a paper cover bearing an original lithograph by one of the most famous members of the movement, Alphonse Mucha. The publisher also offered two extra lithographs a year, the “planches de prime”, as an incentive to prospective subscribers. 

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Busy Cataloguing...

We are currently cataloguing a collection of prints after the famous Joseph Mallord William Turner for a mini catalogue release next month, including this seminal view of Oxford High Street after J.M.W. Turner taken from outside of University College and All Souls looking towards Carfax.

 The original painting by J. M. W. Turner shows the High Street with University College on the left, the Warden’s house of All Souls College on the right, and Carfax in the distance.

On the left (beyond the boys picking up spilt oranges) are workmen pulling down Deep Hall, where the scientist Robert Boyle lived between 1655 and 1668: a plaque on the western side of University College marks the site. This painting dates from 1809/10.

The original painting was commissioned by James Wyatt, with a view to having it engraved so that he could sell it as a print at his shop at 115 High Street. Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 31 March 1810 reported:

    James Wyatt, Carver, Gilder, and Picture-Frame Maker, High-Street, Oxford, respectfully informs the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the University, and the Public, that the Picture of the HIGH-STREET, from the Pencil of that Eminent Artist, Joseph Mallord William Turner Esq., R.A. Professor of Perspective to the Royal Academy, is arrived; and that he purposes to exhibit it in his shop, for the inspection of the Subscribers and those Gentlemen who will do him the honour to call at his house, till the 10th of April, after which time it will be necessary to put it into the hands of the Engravers, Messrs. Middiman and Pye, who have engaged to execute it, in the Line Manner, and in their best style. Price to Subscribers £1 11s. 6d. Proof Impressions (of which only fifty will be taken off) £3 3s.

The original painting is now part of the Loyd Collection and is on long-term loan to the Ashmolean Museum.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Print du Jour

Although we specialise in antique prints and maps we also stock a range of contemporary pieces by local print makers .  This Foxfire etching is by Flora Mclachlan whose work is inspired by poetry, fairy tales and myths.

Image and Plate 242 x 272 mm
Signed and inscribed in pencil.
Edition: 66/100.  

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Print du Jour

Amongst our varied and wide-ranging stock we carry a remarkable collection of Victorian etchings such as this Lion Drinking by Herbert Dicksee.

Lion Drinking
Image & Plate 177 x 251 mm, Sheet 251 x 311 mm

Herbert Thomas Dicksee (1862–1942) was an English painter who specialised in oil paintings of dogs, particularly the deerhound. Prints and etchings of his best-known paintings were widely distributed by publishers such as Klackner of London, and his work is popular among collectors and dog enthusiasts today.

Dicksee belonged to an illustrious artistic family. His father was the artist John Dicksee (1817–1905). John's brother Thomas (1819–1895), also a painter, was the father of Sir Frank Dicksee (1853–1928), president of the Royal Academy from 1924 until his death. (Herbert, meanwhile, had one sister, whose name was Amy.) Dicksee studied art at the Slade School, London, on a scholarship. His first painting was exhibited in 1881.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Last week of our Art Nouveau Exhibition!

Our Art Nouveau exhibition sadly comes to end this Saturday.  It has been a success but we still have a few spectacular pieces available, such as Louis Rhead's La femme au paon  and Hans Christiansen's L’Heure du Berger

With January drawing to an end we also mark the end of our online January sale.   Make sure you buy your chosen print online by the 31st of January to bag a 15% discount.

Please note that this offer excludes all of the pieces in the Art Nouveau Exhibition and any work by the contemporary Oxford printmakers.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Print du Jour

This stunning Japanese woodblock print, hightened in gold, is a wonderful example of Japanese art at the turn of the century.

Tsukioka Kogyo (1869-1927)
Fireflies at Night
Woodblock print (nishiki-e) hightened in gold
c. 1900
Shikishiban [9.5 x 10 inches]

Signature: Kogyo
Seal: Artist's seal.

Tsukioka Kogyo was a great later nineteenth century Japanese woodcut artist, Tsukioka Kogyo first studied printmaking techniques under his famous step-father, Yoshitoshi. He later took more instructions from Ogata Gekko. During his career Kogyo created a number of fine woodcuts dealing with both natural history and contemporary events, such as the Russo-Japanese War. His name, however, will always be associated with the great series of woodcuts he designed for Heikichi dealing with the Noh Theatre.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Print Du Jour

This fantastic new arrival is part of our Art Nouveau exhibition, a stunning and iconic graphic work by the  Beggerstaff Brothers, William Nicholson and James Pryde.

Harper Magazine [Beefeater]
Image 257 x 224 mm, Sheet 399 x 291 mm

From Les Maitres de l’Affiche PL. 16

Lithograph by William Nicholson, signed Beggerstaff Brothers in the stone. Blind stamped in bottom-right corner of sheet with the image of a poster held aloft by a seated elegantly dressed lady, the emblem of Les Maitres de l’Affiche .

""Although this poster was created for an American magazine it's British distributors wanted to invoke a positive British image, hence the Beggarstaffs featured one of the royal yeoman of the guard, the 'Beefeater', to identify it with superior British goods. ""
(Rennert, PAI-XV, 125)

""…a passage written by a reviewer in the November 1895 issue of the 'Art Journal' may be taken as the characteristic response of most critics. 'Nothing so strong and so amazingly defiant of accepted convention has yet invaded the hoardings', wrote the Art Journal. 'It is a tour de force; the great beefeater, in solid scarlet on a scarlet background, with his brown spear, balanced against a huge white panel, most admirably lettered, is a triumph of decorative arrangement. It is only fair that such a plucky attempt should receive lavish appreciation. In simplifying drawings and pattern to the last degree, Messrs Beggarstaff have a struck a new note, which might be fitly echoed in mural decoration of a more permanent sort. It is English, it is modern, and it is good, very good"" (Beggarstaff p. 57)

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Online Sale Continues

A Sale of Prints, William Strang. Etching. 1889.
We are currently  offering 15% off all online sales.

Until the end of January we are offering a 15% discount on all items bought via the website.

This excludes any items reserved before January 1st, material by contemporary Oxford printmakers and any of the prints on display as part of our Art Nouveau exhibition.

Please note this offer is only valid for payments made over the phone and via Paypal.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Art Nouveau Exhibition Opens Tomorrow Night

Join us in the gallery tomorrow evening for a sneak preview of our Art Nouveau exhibition, and a glass of wine (or two)

New Year, New Carpet

After the struggle of clearing all the stock and furniture off the shop floor on Sunday afternoon the new carpet has been fitted at the shop is almost back to normal.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012


The shop will be shut for a couple of days while we have our lovely new carpet fitted.  We will re-open on the afternoon of Wednesday 11th January to begin hanging our Art Nouveau exhibition.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Print Du Jour

Todays print is a scarce example of a work by the British artist and illustrator Cecil Aldin.

“ ‘Op It!”
Cecil Aldin
Published by Richard Wyman & Co. Ltd. 16, Bedford Street, Strand, London, W.C. [c.1910]
Image 249 x 380 mm

Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin (1870 – 1935) was a British artist and illustrator best known for his paintings of animals and rural life. Born in Slough, he was educated at Eastbourne College and Solihull Grammar School. He studied anatomy at South Kensington, and animal painting under W. Frank Calderon. He lived at The Abbots, Sulhamstead Abbots from 1913 to 1914 and was church warden of St Mary's, the local church. His first drawings were published in The Graphic in 1891.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Print Du Jour

This fantastic new arrival was part of a small collection of recently acquired Japanese Woodblock prints:

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (17977-1861)
Gentoku, on his black horse Tekiro, leaping into the gorge of Tan
Woodblock print (nishiki-e)
1836 (Tenpô 6)
Oban tate-e single sheet [9.5 x 14 inches]

Xuande (Gentoku) Crossing the Tan Gorge
Cens: Kiwame
Series: Heroes of the Popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms:Tsûzoku Sangokushi eiyû no ichinin
Publisher: Jôshû-ya Kinzô
Reference: Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003),155; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list S10.5

Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a Chinese historical novel written in the fourteenth century by Luo Guanzhong about the period between the years 184 and 280 CE.  During this turbulent period of history, China was composed of three competing kingdoms–the Wei (also known as Cao Wei), the Han (also known as Shu Han or Shu) and the Wu (also known as Eastern Wu).

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (c.1797 - April 14, 1861) was one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting. He is associated with the Utagawa school.  The range of Kuniyoshi's preferred subjects included many genres: landscapes, beautiful women, Kabuki actors, cats, and mythical animals. He is known for depictions of the battles of samurai and legendary heroes. His artwork was affected by Western influences in landscape painting and caricature.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012


For the month of January we are offering a 15% discount on all items bought via the website.

It is easy to browse our extensive collection online, varying from British Topography to Mythological.  We carry Pre-Raphaelite, Portraits, Decorative, Sporting, Caricatures, Maritime, Military, Medical, and Fine Art prints as well as a wonderful selection of original Japanese woodblock prints and much more.

Please visit our website for further details