Identifying prints

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This 3-day course in June 2105 was run jointly by Design Star, the V&A and the Typography Department at the University of Reading. Delegates included PhD students, curators and librarians from National Portrait Gallery, the V&A, the Ashmolean Museaum, and Kew Gardens, and members of the Baxter Society.

The first two days introduced delegates to hand-on letterpress, intaglio and lithographic printing using the presses in the Typography Department and close observation using hand lenses to explain what to look for when you are trying to identify the printing processes used.

The third day was spent at the V&A where V&A librarians and curators gave delegates the challenging task of identifying the printing processes that were used in items from their collections.

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