THE PRINT ROOM
A collection of prints or engravings consisting of places or people was a popular souvenir to bring home from your Grand Tour.
The Print Room became an exclusively English phenomenon. Prints were displayed under glass cases or in leather bound books. Although gentleman procured the collection, display and decoration was the domain of the wife, mother or sister of the household. Prints were sometimes treated in a blended album and wall display by often just being hung on a wall, mounted only by paper print frames more typically used in album display.
The arrangement on the walls would be in a ‘skyed’ fashion, carpeting the wall with many prints of various sizes, hung in tiers to the dado rail. Prints displayed in this way were typically inexpensive popular paintings acquired on tour, hand coloured or simply sepia.
These rooms were seen as very personal spaces and often, in sheer impatience, only one wall would be fully decorated with additional walls only undertaken when more prints were gathered. Stationers and printers of the time sold all manner of embellishments; Paper frames, ribbon swags and decorative paper.
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