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Four Seasons (From Eighteen Small Prints)
Lithograph, Edition of 100
21 x 59 cms (8 x 23 ins)
Eighteen Small Prints is a portfolio of 18 prints in several medium, in editions of 100 (with 12 proof sets), published by Bernard Jacobson in 1973. It unites the most famed British and American artists of the time, such as Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Eduardo Paolozzi, Patrick Caulfield and others.
Eighteen Small Prints followed on from another portfolio of screenprints published the previous year by the Bernard Jacobson Gallery entitled 14 BIG Prints. At this time, a number of contemporary artists had been experimenting with the medium of screenprinting; the earlier portfolio, as its title suggests, was one of the first to exploit the medium’s ability to create prints on a larger scale. Some of the other artists invited to make prints for the first portfolio were Peter Blake, Bernard Cohen, Robyn Denny, John Hoyland and Eduardo Paolozzi. The story goes that it was Peter Blake who suggested to Bernard Jacobson that, as a riposte to 14 BIG Prints, he might ask artists to make prints on a very small scale, through a note left at the original gallery.