The Print Before Photography

An introduction to European Printmaking 1550 - 1820


A landmark publication-beautifully illustrated with over 300 prints from the British Museum’s renowned collection-which traces the history of printmaking from its earliest days until the arrival of photography.


ISBN: 9780714126951 Category:

Antony Griffiths


Copper-plate printmaking, developed alongside Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type, was a huge business employing thousands of people, and dominating image production for nearly four centuries across the whole of Europe. Its techniques and influence remained very stable until the nineteenth century, when this world was displaced by new technologies, of which photography was by far the most important. Print Before Photography examines the unrivalled importance of printmaking in its golden age, illustrated through the British Museum’s outstanding collection of prints. This unique and significant book is destined to be a leading reference in print scholarship, and will be of interest to anyone with an interest in this era of art history.

Additional information

Weight 2985 g
Dimensions 25.5 x 29.7 cm
Publisher name The British Museum Press
Publication date 20 October 2016
Number of pages 560
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.5 x 29.7 cm
Weight 2985 g


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