What to see this week: prints

Country Life Every Week - - Athena -

Is­abel Alexander: artist and Il­lus­tra­tor is at Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Har­ro­gate, North York­shire, un­til June 4 (01423 556188; www.har­ro­gate.gov.uk/mer­cer­art­gallery) Is­abel Alexander (1910–96) stud­ied at the Slade in the 1930s and worked as an art di­rec­tor for films in the 1940s and 1950s. Her pow­er­ful draw­ings and lith­o­graphs tes­tify to her great love of botany (left) and the Bri­tish coun­try­side. From the early 1950s, she turned to paint­ing—por­traits, some ab­stract works and haunt­ing land- and seascapes. More than 50 prints, paint­ings and draw­ings, some for sale, are on show in this first ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion of this un­sung artist’s work, with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing book of the same ti­tle by Janet Mcken­zie (£20).

Modern & Con­tem­po­rary Prints is at The Art Sta­ble, Child Oke­ford Bland­ford, Dorset, un­til Fe­bru­ary 11 (www.theart­stable.co.uk; 01258 863866) In­cludes work by Ed­ward Ardiz­zone, Prunella Clough, Eileen Cooper, Robyn Denny, Raoul Dufy, Mary Fed­den, Pa­trick Heron, David Hock­ney, Matthew Hil­ton, John Hoy­land, David Jones, Tess Jaray, L. S. Lowry, Gra­ham Suther­land and Richard Smith.

Ba­con and Freud: Graphic Works is at Marl­bor­ough Graph­ics, 6, Albe­marle Street, Lon­don W1 (020–

7629 5161; www.marl­bor­oughlon­don.com) Se­lected works by Ba­con and Freud show the dif­fer­ent ap­proaches the artists took to print­mak­ing.

Dis­cov­er­ing Sa­muel Palmer is at Eames Fine Art Gallery, 58, Ber­mond­sey Street, Lon­don SE1, un­til Jan­uary 29 (020–7407 1025; www. eames­fin­eart.com) A com­plete set of the 17 etch­ings made by Sa­muel Palmer (1805–81) is shown along­side re­sponses to his work by con­tem­po­rary print­mak­ers. All the lat­ter and some of the Palmers are for sale.

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