Two Gillray prints

Two Gillray prints from the Andrew Edmunds collection on view at the London Original Print Fair – A March to the Bank (1787) and Monstrous Craws at a New Coalition Feast (1787).

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Curated by Edmunds’ son Milo and art historian Tim Clayton, it features his personal collection of prints by James Gillray (1756-1815). It includes some never previously on public display and rare impressions of well-known prints.

Gillray was the leading cartoonist of 18th century Britain along with William Hogarth, producing caricatures that skewered George III, Napoleon, various prime ministers and public figures.

Edmunds, who died last September, specialised in 18th and 19th century satire and caricature, displaying it in the 18th century Soho townhouse where his restaurant still operates.

He frequently lent parts of his private collection to various museums, including a series of Hogarth prints to the Tate for its Hogarth and Europe exhibition (held from November 2021-March 2022).

Edmunds was an exhibitor at LOPF for more than 30 years and was a founding committee member when it launched in 1985. The fair returns for its second edition in Somerset House, running from March 30-April 2. It was previously at the Royal Academy.

This edition is set to feature nearly 40 exhibitors, studios and publishers with Old Master to Contemporary works.

Other highlights will be a room curated by artist Stephen Chambers and stand-out works include those by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Victor Pasmore and Elisabeth Frink.