Cover image for Prints : art and techniques
Prints : art and techniques
Lambert, Sue, 1949-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
London ; V&A Publications ; New York : Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, 2001.
Physical Description:
95 pages : illustrations (some color); 24 cm
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
NE850 .L35 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



Noteworthy for its exceptionally clear, concise explanations of a complex subject, this guide to the full range of printmaking techniques describes how art prints are made and offers a brief history of the various processes, which fall into four categories: relief, intaglio, planographic, and stencil. The text also looks at papermaking, for its effect on the character of an impression, and explains how manual methods have evolved into more modern photomechanical techniques. Illustrated with examples from the superb collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and including a glossary of printmaking technology and abbreviations commonly found in inscriptions, this up-to-date guide will be of special interest to students and collectors.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Printmaking spans everything from hand prints on ancient cave walls to Rembrandt's copper etchings of the Virgin and Child and Warhol's soup cans to the potato prints made by today's second grader at the kitchen table. Byrne, a print publisher and curator, here focuses on strictly contemporary uses of etching, aquatint, lithography, and screen printing. He covers both basic techniques and the joint experimentation of artist and master printer, surveying the American print scene with examples from ten of the top North American print houses. Recommended for collections serving advanced students and professionals. Chief curator of the Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Lambert here offers a very fine, short volume that concentrates on traditional printmaking methods, including relief, intaglio, planographic, and stencil. She uses examples from William Hogarth to Victor Vasarely, drawing on the collections of the V & A. Lambert addresses students and collectors, including a glossary of technical terms, abbreviations found in print inscriptions, and a select bibliography. This is recommended for popular collections but cannot replace John Ross and Clare Romano's essential and far more comprehensive Complete Printmaker. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This updated version of a now-classic manual accompanying the teaching exhibition of original prints in the permanent collection of London's Victoria and Albert Museum offers today's students and collectors a most succinct, complete descriptive approach to the basic techniques in traditional and contemporary printmaking. It includes related essential information about paper qualities, markings, inks, and materials together with a carefully selective, clear glossary of essential terms, and annotated bibliography. In a practical "sized-for-use" format and a brief 95 pages, Lambert (curator, V&A Museum) successfully describes virtually every traditional technique and process of the original print from its earliest appearance to the most current technology of electronically generated images up to 1983. Her meticulous accuracy, coupled with succinct clarity minus undue clutter of detail, is a special and handy on-the-spot value to lay collectors and undergraduate students. The illustrative material, on the other hand, would be far better served in larger format, especially the 21st-century prints. Much visual detail and color validity have been significantly diminished in the reduced sizes of reproduced samples. Nevertheless, Lambert fills gaps in descriptions of processes too often unclear in other volumes. Her annotated bibliography provides follow-up references with excellent pictorial illustrations. Strongly recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates; two-year technical program students. J. L. Leahy emerita, Marygrove College