Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
History of Graphic Art2:Syntax+Symbolism in Euro Printmaking
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 Hours.
Seminars / Tutorials 12 Hours. Seminar.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay:  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   2 hour exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • develop the ability to evaluate and categorise the different ways in which artists use print;
  • recognise the qualities and marks that are specific to each process;
  • identify syntax and distinguish between the various manners in which artists draw for process;
  • demonstrate an understanding and sure handling of the technical terminology;
  • explain the socio-historical and art historical contexts of the printmakers and their work.

Brief description

The module examines the relationship between image and process, the use of print as reproduction, and the notion of 'Fine Art' print through the work of some of its key exponents. Prints are discussed in relation to their social and historical context, concentrating on European and American printmaking following a roughly chronological framework from the fifteenth century to the late twentieth century.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Andrews, Malcolm The Search for the Picturesque Scolar Press, London Primo search Birmingham, Ann (1986) Landscape and Ideology: The English Rustic Tradition 1740-1860 Thames and Hudson Primo search Carey, F and A Griffiths (1978) Maent to Toulouse Lautrec: French Lithographs 1860-1900 British Museum Primo search Carey, Frances and Griffiths, Anthony (1990) Avant-Garde British Printmaking British Museum , London Primo search Carey, Frances and Griffiths, Antony (1984) The Print in Germany, the Age of Expressionism British Museum Primo search Castleman, Riva (1976) Prints of the Twentieth Century Thames and Hudson, London Primo search Gassier, Pierre (1983) Goya: A Witness of his Times Chartwell Books, New Jersey Primo search Gilmour, Pat (1978) The Mechanised Image - Twentieth Century Prints The Arts Council, London Primo search Hockney, David (1988) A Retrospective Tate Gallery, London Primo search Ivins, William M (1953) Prints and Visual Communications Cambridge (Mass.) USA Primo search Jeffrey, Ian (1984) The British Landscape 1920-1950 Thames and Hudson, London Primo search Johnson, Herbert (1983) Prints by William Blake and his Followers Cornell University, New York Primo search Lagerlof, Margaretha Rossholm (1990) Ideal Landscape: Caracci, Poussin and Claude Yale University Press Primo search Lloyd, Jill (1991) German Expressionism - Primitivism and Modernity Yale University Press Primo search Lochnan, Katherine (1984) The Etchings of James Mc Neill Whistler Yale, Ontario Primo search Mannocci, Lino (1988) The Etchings of Claude Lorrain Yale University Press, New Haven Primo search Murray, Peter (1971) Piranesi and the Grandeur of Ancient Rome Thames and Hudson, London Primo search O'Gorman, James (1988) Aspects of American Printmaking 1880-1950 Syracuse, USA Primo search Russel, Ronald (1979) A Guide to British Topographical Prints David and Charles, London Primo search Strauss, Walter L (1974) The Complete Engravings of Albrecht Durer (6 Volumes) Arabis Books, New York Primo search Tomlinson, Janis A (1989) Graphic Evolutions: Francisco Goya Columbia University Press, New York Primo search Walker, Barry (1988) Prints of the German Expressionists and their Circle Brooklyn Museum, New York Primo search White, Christopher (1969) Rembrandt as an Etcher: a study of the artist at work (2 vols) London Primo search Yorke, Malcolm (1988) The Spirit of Place Constable, London Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6