In this illustrated talk ‘Buyers, Collectors & Connoisseurs: A European Perspective’ Antony Griffiths looks at the consumer, those who bought prints. He considers what collectors prized, including condition/preservation and quality of impression. The talk also considers the stimulus that collectors gave to the production of new types of print, as well as the use of albums to store and arrange prints.
Organised by Armagh Robinson Library, Northern Ireland’s oldest public library, as part of a project supported by the Paul Mellon Centre, the talk is the second in a six-part series. All talks will be available afterwards on the series page.
Antony Griffiths joined the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings as an Assistant Keeper in 1976 and served as Keeper of the Department from 1991-2011. His publications include ‘Prints and printmaking’ (1st edn., London, 1980; 2nd edn., 1996) and ‘The Print Before Photography: An introduction to European Printmaking 1550-1820’ (London, 2016).