British Prints from the Machine Age

Rhythms of Modern Life 1914-1939



ISBN: 9780500288375 Category:


British Prints from the Machine Age is a profusely illustrated examination of the impact of avant-garde Continental influences on British printmaking in the years stretching from the First World War to the outbreak of the Second.

It features more than 100 lithographs, etchings, woodcuts and linocuts, ranging from radical geometric abstractions to forceful impressions of the first fully mechanized war and colourful Jazz Age images of sports, speed trials, and other contemporary diversions.

Clifford S. Ackley’s introduction takes stock of the art historical movement and is followed by lively, thematic discussions of the prints, an overview of the history and technique of the modern linocut, and short biographies of the artists. The images produced by these innovative printmakers powerfully embody the era’s preoccupations with speed, machines, urbanism and other exciting new facets of modern life.

Additional information

Weight 1003 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 24 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 29 July 2009
Number of pages 224
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Clifford S. Ackley
Dimensions 21.7 x 24 cm
Weight 1003 g


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Clifford Ackley is Senior Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.