Beryl first came to national prominence in February 1976 when the Sunday Times published a major article about her and her paintings. Within days the Alexander Gallery were meeting her in Plymouth and they subsequently published her first signed limited edition, The Four Hungry Cats, in 1977. The Art Class followed two years later and then the publishing programme began in earnest with at least one new title being released each year. It was Beryl’s express wish that her pictures should continue to be made available for reproduction after her death in May 2008 and in January 2009 the first posthumous publication Drinkies was released. This has been followed by a further seven posthumous publications, the most recent being Bowling.
About the Prints To date 48 limited edition Litho prints of Beryl’s paintings have been published by The Alexander Gallery, 40 as signed limited editions and 8 as posthumous unsigned limited editions. All 48 prints are exact reproductions of the original paintings and are printed to the highest possible standard on heavyweight paper.
LITHOS Edition sizes have varied over the years. Initially the editions were 750; this was raised in 1982 to 850 and then reduced in 1994 to 650. The most recent publication Bowling is a 250 edition. There were no proof copies produced for any of the Litho Prints.
SILKSCREENS Silkscreen Prints were produced in the USA by Flanagan Graphics. Most Silkscreens were produced in Editions of 300 plus proof copies: A/P(Artists Proof) P/P(Printers Proof) H/C (“My Fur Coat” only produced 200 copies plus proofs). An artist is asked to check the colour and quality of the limited edition proofs. Artist’s Proofs are exactly the same in terms of how they are printed, the colours, quality of printing, paper etc. Artists number them, and add A/P / P/P / H/C (H/C Means good to print, approved by the Artist). Normally only 10-15% of the limited edition run is released as Proofs.
Numbering of Litho Limited Edition Prints All the prints bear either a pencilled edition number or in the case of the earlier editions, a number code. The latter can be found in the bottom left hand corner, below the colour surface alongside the embossed stamp of The Fine Art Trade Guild, the body responsible for approving and monitoring the publication of limited edition prints. Their coded numbering system acted rather like a hallmark on silver, authenticating the print and the edition number and removing the need for paper certificates. The code begins with AAA to represent 001 from the edition and using ten letters of the alphabet continues to KEL which represents the final print from an 850 edition. The FATG stamping system was used until 1995 when, in common with many other publishers, the Alexander Gallery began to use their own publishers stamp and a pencilled edition number in the bottom left hand corner. Beryl’s signature appears in the bottom right hand corner of all signed prints.
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