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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1993 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brockway, Harry, born 1958 (artist)
    Royal Mail Group Ltd (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving in ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:

    E.714-1994

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 140, box A

This proof and two others (E.713-1994 to E.715-1994) demonstrate wood engraver Harry Brockway's (born 1958) use of the reduce block method in order to print in two colours. The book of stamps is at E.710-1994.

Physical description

Wood engraved proof of illustrations,using the reduce block method, for a book of stamps for Royal Mail, a series depicting 20th century Prime Ministers, this one Herbert Asquith and first in the series. A suffragette procession is depicted in the background.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1993 (made)

Artist/maker

Brockway, Harry, born 1958 (artist)
Royal Mail Group Ltd (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving in ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 7.8 cm, Width: 17.6 cm

Object history note

Acquired in connection with the display A Fine Line - Commercial Wood Engraving in Britain, V&A, 10 October 1994 - 26 March 1995.

Descriptive line

Woodengraving, proof. Harry Brockway. Illustration for a book of stamps for Royal Mail, 1993.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

A Fine Line - Commercial Wood Engraving in Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum, 10 Oct 1994 - 26 Mar 1995

Labels and date

...

Harry BROCKWAY (born 1958)

Series of 20th century prime ministers
Books of stamps and proofs for Royal Mail. 1991
Colour offset lithograph after wood engraving
E.710-714-1994
Given by Harry Brockway and Royal Mail

Wood engraving is also used today for small scale work, where
clarity of design is paramount. Since the mid 1960s the Royal Mail
has issued special, decorated stamps. The artwork for Yvonne
Skargon's Roses shows how allowance was made in the engraving
for its photomechanical reproduction. Colour separations were used
for the colour. Wood engraving is particularly suited to stamp book
covers which need to have a matt surface because of the mechanism
of the vending machine. Matt board is however absorbent and
therefore a strong design is needed. Harry Brockway's proofs
demonstrate his use of the reduction method in order to print
in two colours. [1994]

Production Note

Original cataloguer's notes day 1991 but one proof signed '93

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Wood engraving

Subjects depicted

Banners; Suffragettes; Postage stamps

Categories

Prints; Illustration; Images Online; Labels & packaging

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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