Towards the end of the Second World War Brenda Rawnsley and her husband Derek had the idea of bringing contemporary art to young children who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to see ‘good’ work. Within a few years Brenda had set up School Prints Ltd to sell original lithographs to schools and had commissioned several of the most important living artists for her scheme.

Brenda Rawnsley sought the advice and assistance of the art historian Herbert Read and between them they chose the artists. The printing was undertaken by the Baynard Press from stones or zinc plates drawn by the artists, who were asked to use no more than six colours. The prints, being original lithographs, were often the first real art seen by young people of that period and are typical of their time.

A cache of a number of these original lithographs was discovered, in mint condition, a full sixty years after they were editioned.

X1661 The Circus by Russell Reeve
X1661 The Circus by Russell Reeve
Original lithograph from the ‘School Prints’ Series printed by the Baynard Press in the 1940s. By Russell Reeve   Conservation mounted and framed with UV protective glass Image size: 75cm x 48cm Outside frame size: 93cm x 67cm   Reeve attended Norwich School of Art (1908) before training as an architect. After the First World War he turned to art again, studying at the Slade (1919-22). He taught at Hornsey Art School. He often chose for his subject matter the landscape and people of East Anglia but later on turned to Mediterranean themes. The Circus was thought attractive in its warm, strong colours, but with none of the six figures facing outwards (although the horse does) the children might have found it hard to get involved. (1992, Chloe Bennett, Russell Sidney Reeve: Selected Works (exhibition catalogue), Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich) spacer_large
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X1659 Grey Horses by Tom Gentleman
X1659 Grey Horses by Tom Gentleman
Original lithograph from the ‘School Prints’ Series printed by the Baynard Press in the 1940s. By Tom Gentleman   Conservation mounted and framed with UV protective glass Image size: 75cm x 49cm Outside frame size: 93cm x 67cm   Gentleman studied part-time at Glasgow School of Art. He worked as a cartoonist and illustrator in Glasgow for some years before coming to London (1928). In the thirties he was a poster designer for a number of agencies and eventually became head of Shell Studios. Grey Horses, a popular print, has the marks of a good poster - bright colours with a limited palette range, and stylised, simplified images reduced to flattened blocks of colour. The overall impact gives an upbeat recognition of familiar things. The small boy in blue admiring the McMullen’s brewery horses in Hertford is Tom’s son David, himself now a celebrated graphic artist. spacer_large
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X1658 Arizona Cowboys by Buk Ulreich
X1658 Arizona Cowboys by Buk Ulreich
Original lithograph from the ‘School Prints’ Series printed by the Baynard Press in the 1940s. By Buk Ulreich   Conservation mounted and framed with UV protective glass Image size: 75cm x 48cm Outside frame size: 93cm x 67cm   Ulreich was born in Hungary, but his family emigrated the same year to America. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Pennsylvania Fine Arts Academy. A noted muralist, he produced work for the Chicago World Fair and for the Radio City Music Hall. He also worked as an illustrator and an interior designer for major public buildings. As an artist he seems to have drawn his subjects from the Wild West and in 1941 he illustrated a children's book on Navaho Indians. Arizona Cowboys seems typical of his work both in subject matter and in being in the decorative style of a muralist and interior designer. spacer_large
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X1655 Fisherman’s Hut by Hans Tisdall
X1655 Fisherman’s Hut by Hans Tisdall
Original lithograph from the ‘School Prints’ Series printed by the Baynard Press in the 1940s. By Hans Tisdall   Conservation mounted and framed with UV protective glass Image size: 75cm x 48cm Outside frame size: 93cm x 67cm   Tisdall studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, coming to live in London in 1930. He paralleled his work as a muralist with textile design and with teaching at Central (1941-2 and 1947-62). He also did many book jackets and illustrations, noted for their typography. German by origin, once resident in England Tisdall developed his love of the sea and boats and discovered Hastings. He made frequent trips there, although his rather bizarre School Print bears little resemblance to the tall black huts of the Sussex fishermen. His fanciful, vaguely surrealistic image left much for the children to puzzle out. (1990, Hans Tisdall: Paintings 1960-90 (exhibition catalogue), Albermarle Gallery, London) spacer_large
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X1656 Minnesota by Adolf Dehn
X1656 Minnesota by Adolf Dehn
Original lithograph from the ‘School Prints’ Series printed by the Baynard Press in the 1940s. By Adolf Dehn   Conservation mounted and framed with UV protective glass Image size: 75cm x 48cm Outside frame size: 93cm x 67cm   Dehn studied at the Minnesota School of Art (1914) and won a scholarship to the Art Students League in New York. In the twenties he drifted about Europe supporting himself through his lithography. He returned to America in 1929 and by the mid-thirties was drawing caricatures for New Yorker, Vogue etc. Parallel to this he was developing his lithography and became a leading American exponent of the medium. (1987, Jocelyn Lumadaine & Thomas O’Sullivan, The Prints of Adolf Dehn: A Catalogue Raisonné, Minnesota Historical Society. spacer_large
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