METHODS – Editions

Some prints can be part of an edition and they carry specific notation along with the artist’s signature. The total number of prints in an edition is shown as the bottom number while the number of each individual print is the top number. For example, 5/50 indicates that the print so labeled is the fifth print in a total edition of fifty prints. Each edition is printed on the same paper, which is cut to the same size. The individual prints must be as close as possible to one another. However, some editions may include the words “edition variable,” meaning there are small differences in each image. Hand-colored etchings might contain this phrase. Monotypes are 1/1, meaning there is only one print in an edition of one.

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