Michael Atkin      Printmaker

etcher - block printer - wood engraver

An Alphabet of Scarborough

A limited edition book, 26 copies which represent the 26 letters of the Alphabet. An A to Z book of Scarborough, views that have caught my eye for one reason or another.

As well as the hand bound book which will contain all 26 images + frontispeace & notes, there will be an aditional edition of 26 copies of each image which can be individually framed.



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Art Gallery

Etching and Aquatint

210 x 285 mm

26 copies

Hahnemuhle etching 140Lbs Not

  I have been familar with the art gallery ever since I moved to Scarborough in 1977, this image is from the route I always take through the Crescent Gardens. As one approaches the gallery one is struck by its pale colour, Italian design , it must have been a great private house in its day.

Alternative Title:

'The hopefuls'

Price unframed £185.00

Rodney Freer Chapman ( Mayor of Scarborough) on 15th November 1947 described Crescent House (Art Gallery) a straight forward, stone,square Victorian house, built when there was plenty of time and material,and wages were in reach to build houses in an elaborate style,bursting into bits of Italian renaissance balustrades and things. The first owner John Uppleby (Town Clerk), next being John Seddon Bower of Broxholme, pasted to his son in 1896. Next in line being Miss Mary Crompton-Stanfield who sold the house to Henry Edward Donner in 1924.

Scarborough Borough Council purchased the building in 1942 for the princely sum of £3000.00 and initially it was used as a welfare clinic and children’s nursery.. The Art Gallery opened to the public on Monday 17th November and attracted 1400 visitors within the first two week. A succession of loan exhibitions followed the inaugural exhibition of drawings and paintings of Scarborough through three centuries.

Tom Laughton brother of Charles the Hollywood actor bequeathed most of his personal collection to the gallery , Edward Bawden, Eric Ravillious and many other contemporary artists of his day are present in the collection.

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The image is printed in an edition of 26 of which 25 are for sale

Unframed image