Mezzotint Collection May Go to the British Museum

Posted in the 18th century in the news by Editor on October 25, 2009

Martin Bailey reports in The Art Newspaper, 21 October 2009:

British Museum to Acquire Major Print Collection

LONDON — The British Museum in London hopes to make its largest acquisition of prints since 1902. It wants to buy 7,250 mezzotints from Christopher Lennox-Boyd, a specialist who has assembled a collection of 50,000 during a period of 40 years. The British Museum has examined them all, selecting mezzotints (produced with a tonal printing method) from the 17th to 19th centuries, which it lacks. The agreed price is £1,250,000, an average of £170 each. . . .

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  1. Editor said, on October 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    As reported by Art Daily (6 October 2010), the sale did go through. The BM acquired 7250 prints for £1,250,000. In the words of Antony Griffiths, Keeper of the Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum: “This is the largest acquisition for the British Museum print collection in the last hundred years, and makes available to the world a very important part of the history of British art.”

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