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PRINT VS REPRODUCTIONS

PRINTS
Prints are hand-pulled by an artist from a printmaking surface such as a plate, stone, block or screen. They are usually numbered and signed by the artist beneath the image after the batch, or edition, is printed. Editions are usually 100 prints or less, even as few as 10. The numbering is done in this format: 1/50, or 1/100, etc.
After the edition is complete, the printmaking surface is often destroyed, ensuring a rarity that makes the prints more valuable. Even if they are not destroyed, printing wears surfaces down, and images pulled from them begin to degrade. Because of this and the paper type used, each print is unique.
For more info on printmaking techniques from Cape Dorset > http://www.dorsetfinearts.com/printmaking/
 

REPRODUCTIONS
After photographing the original, a reproduction is often printed in a batch, or run, of 1,000 or more. Often the artist is not involved in the process. By the nature of the printing technique, all the reproductions in a run are almost identical, with no variation in the printing or paper. Reproductions do not match the quality of an original print. Think of it like a poster.
 

WARNING
Sometimes artists sign and number a run of reproductions in the same way as original print editions. Marketers then sell them as "limited edition fine art prints." If you are not aware of the differences, you might believe you are buying an original artwork.
Identification
Look for specific characteristics to tell the difference between prints and reproductions:
Reproductions have visible dot patterns when examined under a magnifying glass. Prints show ink layers.
The size of an edition of prints is usually between 10 and 100. Edition sizes of reproductions can be several hundred to several thousand.
Artists from Cape Dorset sign each original print in pencil usually in the lower right corner below the image. If the image covers all the paper, it may be signed on the image. Reproductions may have a printed signature and a penciled one.

CHOPS
Over the past 55 years printers have had to make their own chops to indicate that they printed a particular print. The chop was cut from linoleum often from the floor tiles in the studios. The cut tile is then attached to a piece of wood so the printer can orient the chop properly on the printed impression. In the early days (up to and sometimes including 1974*) artists chops were used instead of their signatures. I assume that the printers themselves would carve the artists chops for the artists because of their abilities with sharp delicate operations. Some artists like Kananginak certainly had the ability to cut his own chops but this is conjecture. - William Ritchie
For more info > http://www.williambritchie.com/blog/


The images below are examples of the reproduction by Herzig Somerville Limited © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in edition of 2500.

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Lucy reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Lucy reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Ningeega reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Ningeega reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Eliya reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Eliya reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Kudjuakjuk reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Kudjuakjuk reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Kenojuak reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Kenojuak reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Paouta reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Paouta reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Pitseolak reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Pitseolak reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. Two Birds of Baffin by Lucy. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

© West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. Two Birds of Baffin by Lucy. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

 © West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. Summer Hunters by Pitseolak. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

© West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. Summer Hunters by Pitseolak. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

 © West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. Spring Journey by Pudlo. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

© West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. Spring Journey by Pudlo. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

 © West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. TSpring Camp of my Youth by Pitseolak. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

© West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. TSpring Camp of my Youth by Pitseolak. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

 © West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. My Young Owl by Kenojuak. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

© West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. My Young Owl by Kenojuak. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Anirnik reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Anirnik reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Kingmeata reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Kingmeata reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Ikajukta reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Ikajukta reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Anne reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Anne reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Kakulu reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Kakulu reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Pitalousia reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Pitalousia reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 
 © 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative  Drawing by Pudlo reproduced in edition of 2500  Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

© 1971 West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative

Drawing by Pudlo reproduced in edition of 2500

Printed in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited

 © West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. The Fish Weir by Jamasie. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

© West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. The Fish Weir by Jamasie. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

 © West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. Snow Buntings by Kananginak. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

© West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. Snow Buntings by Kananginak. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

 © West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. The Nesting Birds and Innuksuit by Eegyvudluk. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

© West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. The Nesting Birds and Innuksuit by Eegyvudluk. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

 © West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. Camp at Kanggiak by Jamasie. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

© West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. Camp at Kanggiak by Jamasie. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

 © West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. My Feathered Friends by Lucy. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.

© West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative Ltd. My Feathered Friends by Lucy. This stone cut was specially commissioned by The Mintmark Press. It was reproduced in Canada by Herzig Somerville Limited, Toronto.


The images below are examples of the reproduction by Rolph-Clark Limited

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