SHEET AND IMAGE SIZES USED FOR AUDUBON PRINTS
Birds of America images were normally engraved on one of three, more or less
standard copper plate sizes; 19½ x 12¼, 25½ x 20½ or 37¾ x 24½ inches.
These dimensions are universally quoted as the "Plate Size".
It is a common mistake to believe that the quoted plate size refers to the
size of the image itself. It does not. At no time did Havell
engrave to the very edge of the plate as this would have made it impossible
to run the plate through the press without causing a inky mess. Most of
Havell's engraving comes to within no more than 1 inch of the plate edge and in
the case of the some of smaller birds there may be margins of as much as 3
"Image Size" is defined as the minimum rectangular outline of the image,
including titles and text, plus a subjectively judged, clear margin of not
less than about ½ inch all round.
"Sheet Size" is the size of the paper on which the image is printed. All
pages in the Havell edition of Birds of America were originally of the same
size, approximately 26¼ x 38½ inches. It most cases this sheet size is
inappropriate. We use a maximum sheet
size of 24 by 36 inches as this comfortably accommodates all the images and
is also a standard picture frame size. For each image size we offer the most
appropriate sheet size, but on special request we can print any
image on a 24 x 36 inch sheet, however, this will involve a higher price due
to the increased handling, paper and postage costs.
Position on sheet
Where the image size is less than the sheet size, the image is centred on
All Audubon prints are produced using archive quality, UV resistant inks on Hahnemuhle
white cotton rag, archive and
museum quality, 188gsm, flat matt paper. This combination produces
high definition images with the best likeness to the original prints (as they
would have been on publication) and a Display Permanence Rating
of more than 200 years.
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