What to see this week: prints
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.