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Print - The Spotted Scarf

The Spotted Scarf

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    late 1980s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Reynolds, Daphne, born 1918 - died 2002 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Estate of the late Daphne Reynolds

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 82

Daphne Reynolds studied at Huddersfield College of Art, but did not take up a career as an artist and printmaker until middle-age. In the 1950s she was able to take up painting as a full-time pursuit, and in the early 1970s she embarked on a career as a printmaker, having studied with Anthony Gross at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Encouraged by Gross, Reynolds focussed on making mezzotints. Mezzotints offer a particular technical challenge to the printmaker but the rich velvety texture which can be achieved is very effective for reproducing paintings. Reynolds mastered the medium, and promoted it; wrote noted essays on the subjects, and was included in a number of important exhibitions including 'The Mezzotint Rediscovered' at Colnaghi's in 1974. At the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers (1985-6) she won the Barcham Green Award. Her subjects included landscapes seen on her travels (particularly the desert scenery of Arizona and New Mexico) and every day domestic objects (a flat-iron, icing cones, a scarf) and witty slightly surreal subjects such as an image of five Lemon Soles.

Physical description

White scarf with black spots suspended from partly open top drawer of a chest of drawers.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


late 1980s (made)


Reynolds, Daphne, born 1918 - died 2002 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

7/40 The Spotted Scarf Daphne Reynolds
Edtion number, title, signature; all in pencil


Height: 47 cm sheet, Width: 36 cm sheet, Height: 28 cm plate, Width: 15 cm plate

Descriptive line

Daphne Reynolds: The Spotted Scarf, late 1980s. Mezzotint

Subjects depicted





Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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