may find the following information of help when selecting the print(s)
of your choice. If you have any questions, please feel free to call
or email us.
A predetermined number of prints published from an original piece
of art. The printing plates are subsequently destroyed to avoid
further reproduction. The quantity of prints published can vary
from edition to edition and publisher to publisher. Typically, an
edition will be 850, or less. The fewer there are the rarer the
print. Each print is individually numbered. e.g. 15/850
Every limited edition print bears the unique signature of the artist.
This signature is the artist’s seal of approval that the print
is a faithful and accurate reproduction of his original painting.
Over the years collectors have demonstrated their enthusiasm for
prints countersigned by pilots and/or crew members. Wherever possible
we try to accommodate this preference, but sometimes it is either
impractical or prohibitively expensive. e.g. when the relevant people
This is a small original drawing or sketch made by the artist usually
in the lower margin of the print. Generally, an artist would not
Remarque more than 50 prints in an edition, each one of which attracts
a premium price because of its uniqueness. i.e. no two drawings
will ever be exactly the same. Remarqued prints tend to be the most
valuable and prized of any edition.
These are published in addition to the main edition and signed as
Artist Proof or A/P. Traditionally these prints are reserved for
the artist’s personal use, and usually do not exceed more
than 10% of any one edition. Nowadays, most publishers and artists
make this allocation available to collectors at a slight premium.
A print edition of an unrestricted quantity usually unsigned by
either the artist or pilot and crew. Due to their unlimited nature
and subsequent cost savings, these prints are often much cheaper
We use 300-gram (350 gram since June 2003) acid free paper of the
finest quality (in accordance with ISO 9706), manufactured using
Elemental Chlorine Free Pulps and vegetable based lightfast inks
not less than BW7 on the lightfast scale Printing process. We use
four-colour Offset Lithography, the most widely used form of printing
Once an edition has sold out, the prints normally begin to attract
a higher value, based on how quickly the edition sold out and the
present demand for the print in question. Collectors will sometimes
offer such prints for sale through an advertisement at a price they
feel the print is now worth; this is known as the ‘Secondary
Market’. It is always worth giving the artist’s publisher
a call to see if they might know where you can find a specific print.
When used by SWA Fine Art Publishers it indicates we have sold out
of that particular print. It is possible though that one of our
retailers or distributors may still have a copy in stock and we
will always be happy to put you in touch with the one nearest you.
We recommend that prints are “Conservation Mounted.”
This will help preserve the life as well as the value of your limited
edition print. If you take your print to a framer be sure to take
your time over the selection of both the mount and frame, keeping
in mind the décor of the room where you propose to hang the
do hope these questions and answers have been helpful. If there
is anything else you would like to know please contact us either
by telephone 01225 444929 or E-mail.