27 December 2017

Unusual prints

The British Museum's exhibition, The Business of Prints, is full of curiosities and is worth a thoughtful look. It runs till 28 January.

The labels are succinct and informative, and really point out the interesting things about "just another print" that you might not give a second look. I found quite a few intriguing, not to mention unexpected.

This is printed on silk ... but why? - and how is this a "thesis"?

 Another thesis - a very elaborate one -

 An everyday item - watch-papers, when watches had covers -

 Why is this picture of a rabbit so rare? "Nothing like it survives"...

 Why is a cheap print printed on vellum, which is expensive?

 This famous print, nicknamed Eulenspiegel, was for centuries the most expensive print in the world -

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