About Fine Art
GENUINE FINE ART
Britain Graphics sells genuine fine art etchings and engravings
from the worlds largest and most respected collection. These
historic works of art are the same authentic, hand made images that
you would find in the finest homes and galleries around the world.
And the collection of more than 5,000 images is available directly
These are not the mass produced images labeled "Prints"
that you might find at shops or art shows, priced far less. Those
images are generally only photos, a poster of the work of art. They
are not genuine works of art.
By contrast, as a representative of the Thomas Ross
Collection, Great Britain Graphics is proud to offer a collection
of images that date back several hundred years. In the nearly 300
years of its existence, the firm of Thomas Ross has collected over
10,000 engraved or etched copper plates which it continues to print
by hand in the time honored tradition.
The print making techniques that encompass engraving
- First these copper plates are coated with ink that has been
carefully mixed to a proper viscosity to suit each particular
plate, and then hand wiped to prepare them for printing.
- Special dampened paper is placed upon the inked plate and both
plate and paper are wound through a hand-operated rolling-press.
The force applied causes the paper to be pressed into the crevices
of the copper plate so that when paper and plate are carefully
separated, the paper can draw out the ink contained there. Once
the inked paper dries, the ink can be felt as slightly embossed
lines above the papers surface
a feature of the intaglio
process which produces a satisfying richness and depth of tone
unique in the world of fine art printing.
- A defining feature of the genuine engraving or etching is the
"plate mark." This indentation around the image is left
by the outer edge of the copper plate as it moves through the
- The engraved or etched image is then carefully hand colored
in a manner sympathetic to, and working with, its printed detail.
The watercolorist uses methods and patterns handed down from generation
to generation and employs only the finest water color pigments
to assure the purity and permanence of color appropriate to this
form of art. The result is among the worlds finest etchings
or engravingscreated one at a time, completely by hand.
The diversity of the collection is remarkableclassic hunting
prints to art deco
landscapes and portraits to architectural
studies ...animals ranging from Jack Russell terriers to
large jungle cats
over 5,000 images from world renowned
Great Britain Graphics is proud to represent the Thomas
Ross Collection. These etchings and engravings are a living
treasure of classic British fine artall available directly
here to read more about etching and engraving.
here to read more about hand-printing and water-colouring.