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Detail from Kyffin Williams portfolio

Detail from Kyffin Williams portfolio

KYFFIN PORTFOLIO

Six prints from original linocuts by SIR KYFFIN WILLIAMS, R.A.


Printed by hand on Gregynog watermarked hand-made paper and presented in a hand-made quarter-cloth portfolio in a numbered edition limited to 100 sets.

A portfolio of 6 large prints printed from linocuts bequeathed to Gwasg Gregynog by the late Sir Kyffin Williams R.A., who was a staunch supporter of the Press during his lifetime.

Each print is on a full sheet of hand-made paper specially made for the Press at the Griffen Mill in County Mayo, Ireland, and has a Gregynog watermark in two corners of the sheet. Sheet size is Royal (c.500 x635mm), image sizes are as noted below.

The watermark design is based on Keith Holmes' press device for the 1975 Gregynog edition of R. S.Thomas's Laboratories of the Spirit. It is the first Gregynog water-marked paper to be produced since the 1930s. The edition - which is limited to 100 numbered sets - was printed at Gwasg Gregynog by Gerard O'Shea on a Soldans letterpress cylinder hand press, and the portfolios produced by Stephen Conway to a design by David Vickers: quarter black cloth with cloth sides, having the artist's initials blocked in black on the lower right-hand corner.

THE PRINTS

I. Venice
Published by Gwasg Gregynog in Cutting Images (2002), where it appeared at a reduced size, printed from a metal line block.

II. Rhosgadfan
Commissioned by Gwasg Gregynog as the endpaper for Two Old Men (1981), where it was printed in single colour only and trimmed to the size of the book.

This is the first time for it to appear as originally designed.

III. The farmer, his dog, and his cottage
Used (reduced in size) in Cutting Images and printed there from metal blocks.

IV. Welsh Blacks
Used (reduced in size) in Cutting Images and printed there from metal blocks.

V. The villages of Carmel and Cesarea
Used as a front endpaper in Cutting Images, but in slate grey on coloured paper. The present print is how Kyffin intended this image to be reproduced.

VI. Hunting the Fox
Used (reduced in size) in Cutting Images and printed there from metal blocks.


I. Venice.

    Unmounted: £175.00

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II. Rhosgadfan

 

III. The farmer, his dog, and his cottage

    Unmounted: £200.00

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IV. Welsh Blacks

 

V. The villages of Carmel and Cesarea

    Unmounted: £225.00

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VI. Hunting the Fox

    Unmounted: £225.00

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