History of the Fair

The Print Fair was founded in 1985 by a committee of eight London print dealers. 

The first fairs took place in the old Diploma Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts with just sixteen exhibitors.

The Print Fair is now in its 34th year and has grown to accommodate fifty exhibitors. It is still at the Royal Academy of Arts and now takes place in the wonderful main galleries. 

As an institution run by artists, many of whom collect prints themselves, the Royal Academy is a natural home for the Print Fair. 

The founding President himself, Sir Joshua Reynolds, was a print collector with prints by Dürer and Rembrandt in his collection.

The purpose of the Print Fair is to promote prints as collectable works of art. Printmaking has been instrumental in the development of art since the 15th century and the wide span of prints on sale at the Fair sets contemporary prints in their historical context. 

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