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William Barnes Wollen art prints and posters

This English artist was born in London in 1857 and was a noted painter of sporting and military scenes and portraits. In particular, he painted horses with some skill.

He studied at the Slade School and went as a special artist for "The Graphic" to South Africa in 1900. As well as being a painter, he contributed to "The Boys' Own Paper", "Chums", "The Strand Magazine" and a number of other illustrated journals of the time.

Wollen was particularly interested in Rugby Union football and exhibited a painting at the Royal Academy on this theme as early as 1879. His painting The Rugby Match depicts a game from 1893 between Yorkshire and Lancashire, shortly before the "Great Divide" of 1895 split the game between Rugby Union and Rugby League. So strong was the feeling when many players from Yorkshire and Lancashire defected to the new Rugby League that those who did were apparently airbrushed out of the original painting by the Rugby Union authorities! The painting was formerly displayed at the Otley Club in Yorkshire, but is now held at the Rugby Football Union headquarters in Twickenham.

William Barnes Wollen's work was a familiar sight at the Royal Institute from 1879 and he also exhibited at the Royal Academy. He was awarded a Silver Medal in Paris in 1899 at the Exposition Universelle.

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Colour Perfecting in the Print Room

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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

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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.