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A proposed new Catalogue Raisonné of the prints of Edmund Blampied.
There have been two previous catalogues:
Campbell Dodgson (1926). A complete catalogue of the etchings and drypoints of Edmund Blampied. London: Halton & Truscott Smith Ltd.
Jean Arnold and John Appleby (1996). A catalogue raisonné of etchings, drypoints & lithographs by Edmund Blampied. Jersey: John Appleby Publishing.
Dodgson (1926) listed 100 etchings and drypoints up to 1926, including the signed proof of an original drypoint which was included with the volume.
Appleby & Arnold (1996) included an additional 100 etchings and drypoints, making a total of 200, and listed 43 lithographs plus 12 silhouettes and two bronzes. An unsigned proof of an original drypoint was included in the limited edition, but it was not numbered or included in the main published volume.
A new Catalogue Raisonné of the etchings, drypoints, lithographs, silhouettes, bronzes and bookplates of Edmund Blampied (1886-1966) will contain:
- Details of 220 etchings and drypoints, including 20 designs not recorded before.
- Details of at least 14 unrecorded states of designs.
- Details of 63 published lithographs and 22 trial designs, which include 42 designs not recorded before.
- Details of the whereabouts of examples of proofs of Blampied's prints in nearly 40 public collections in the UK, Europe, North America and Australasia, not reported before.
- Information about the location of any preliminary design known for a print, with an illustration, if available.
- Information about any oil painting or watercolour of the same or similar design, with an illustration, if available.
- A new chronological numbering system to allow additional prints and states to be interpolated, when identified.
- Details of the signature within each design.
- Details of the signature by hand on proofs, not reported before.
- Details of the numbers of proofs and the numbering system used, if any, not reported before.
- Details of the type of paper used and the watermark, if seen, not reported before.
- Details of reproductions of Blampied’s prints in books and magazines between 1918 and 1966, not reported before.
- Details of the edition of 12 silhouettes and two bronzes, with new information on the editions.
- Details of three bookplates and two bookplate designs by Blampied, not reported before.
- Details of four etched portraits of Blampied by other artists, not reported before.
The catalogue will also provide:
- A biographical introduction to Blampied’s life, training and experience as a print maker, including information on his preferences for intaglio work, illustrated with examples.
- Information about Blampied’s membership of societies of artists.
- Information on the printers he employed to print his work.
- Information on the publishers of his work.
- Information on the dating of plates and the number of proofs taken from plates.
- A review of the prices of Blampied’s prints at auction between 1920 and 1939 taken from volumes 1 to 21 of the annual publication ‘Print Prices Current’ and the effect of collapse of the print market after the Wall Street Crash.
- Information about printing costs, commission and income earned by Blampied from his printed work.
- Short biographies of:
- Saloman van Abbé, brother-in-law, artist and illustrator.
- Harold James Baily, a notable American collector.
- Malcolm Salaman, an influential art critic.
- David Strang, Blampied's printer.
- Bibliographic details of all the publications in which Blampied’s printed work has been reproduced, such as the series Fine Prints of the Year (1923 – 1937) and articles in the journal Print Collector’s Quarterly.
- Prints that never were: designs that never became prints.
- Substantial endnotes which give the sources of information, including letters written by Edmund Blampied to Harold Baily, and many additional details from catalogues and other sources.
All of this depends on finding a publisher, funding, and getting permission to reproduce prints and drawings in public and private collections.