The Street (1948) Original Lithograph by John Minton (1917-1957)
Artist(s): John Minton
Number of Editions: Edition size unknown (probably 50)
Print Size: 24.2 x 30.7 cm
Paper Size: 25.5 x 31.3 cm
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John Minton, (1917-1957)
The Street, 1948
Image size: 24.2 x 30.7 cm / sheet size: 25.5 x 31.3 cm
Edition size unknown (probably 50)
Framed in oak
In 1948, following the example of Robert Colquhoun and Prunella Clough, John Minton turned his attention towards lithography. Like other British artists at that time, he was also encouraged by Frances Byng Stamper and Caroline Lucas, the two sisters who founded the Miller’s Press in Lewes. The Street was the first lithographic print he produced. The edition size remains unknown since most of the surviving copies of this rare print are neither signed nor numbered. It is a monochromatic image of two lovers set against a deserted, urban backdrop. Minton was interviewed on the Third Programme at this time and discussed lithography, stating that the process was ‘a business of surprizes, hazards and disasters…It has a certain softness and richness which is both its charm and its danger.’