Classic & Master Prints

Our Classics & Masters section contains many of the finest masterpieces created throughout the history of art until the beginning of the 20th Century.

Western art usually traces its origins back to the Italian Renaissance. Greatly influenced by ancient Greek and Roman sources, early renaissance art tends to be formal and restrained. The style of painting and sculpture later became more naturalistic as the human figure was celebrated in all its glory. Much art during that period was commissioned by or for the Catholic Church, and was often large scale, presenting the Life of Christ painted in fresco. The years of the Italian High Renaissance in Florence, Rome and Mantua were characterised by the harmonious yet restrained ideals of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.

Following on from the high renaissance the Mannerists in Florence are notable for their freer handling of paint and theatrical lighting. The trend towards increased naturalism and drama reached its peak during the Baroque period of the 1600s with artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens and Caravaggio pioneering the use of chiaroscuro; a strong contrast between light and dark. In France meanwhile Nicolas Poussin drew on classical themes and developed a lighter palette.

During the 1700s David and Ingres were among the artists that drew on the influences of Poussin in developing neoclassicism. Entering the 1800s, Delacroix and Gericault were among the proponents of Romanticism, which drew inspiration instead from painters like Rubens and Titian. In England Turner drew on similar sources as well as creating poignant images of a changing world as the industrial revolution began.

Browse through our collection of historical masterpieces to discover far more about the artists and movements that have shaped our culture and choose one of these pieces as an enduring reminder of mankind's greatest achievements.


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Moulding

Gives the frame its character and provides the perfect setting for an artwork to be fully enjoyed.

Perspex or glass

Protects the artwork from dust and wilting so that it can be admired for many years.

Mount

Adds depth to an image and works with the moulding to enhance and protect the artwork.

Backing board

Bonds to the artwork ensuring it is perfectly smooth and holds the whole frame together.

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In the Design Studio

We partner with the world's top museums and galleries to bring you exclusive prints of the highest quality. Our teams of designers ensure the colours are accurate, papers are well suited and the best frames are suggested.

Colour Perfecting in the Print Room

In the printing room, artworks are printed on state-of-the-art machines with a team of technicians checking colour and quality every step of the way.

Measuring Up

After being cut down to size, our team carefully finish any stray edges, check measurements and prepare the prints for mounting and framing.

Assembling Frames in the Framing Workshop

We have a team of master framers who work with high-quality, responsibly-sourced wood to create our vast range of framing combinations - each frame is bespoke and made to order for every print.

Hand-finishing in the Framing Workshop

Our selection of hand-finished frames are painted or stained by hand in a variety of colours, and finished with a layer of wax - the end result is a uniquely crafted, beautiful frame that is made to last.

The Last Stop

In this workshop everything comes together - the print, the frame and the glass - in a seamless and stream-lined process.

Mounting the Prints

The artwork is carefully mounted in preparation for framing.

Laying the Glass

Once mounted, the print is ready to be covered by glass or perspex - a delicate procedure but expertly done with not a fingerprint in sight.

The Final Product

After a final, thorough check, the framed print is ready to be carefully packaged up and shipped to the customer.

Transferring to Canvas

For those who order their art as canvas prints, the same amount of attention and care goes into the process. Here, the print is being transferred to a wooden frame.

Finishing the Canvas Edging

As with the framed prints, our canvases are all hand-finished in the workshop - a labour of love from start to finish.