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[[logo]] TAMARIND LITHOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, INC. 1112 N. Tamarind Avenue, Los Angeles 38, California


We have received so many requests for information, both from the public and from art specialists, that we think it would be a useful service to gather certain facts into easily available form and send them to you who are most likely to need information about Tamarind lithographs.

Therefore, we are sending you, with the enclosed folder, the first of the Tamarind Fact Sheets - this one on the meaning of the drystamps (chops) that are embossed on all lithographs created at Tamarind.

From time to time, you will receive more Tamarind Fact Sheets to put into this folder. In the months ahead we will send a description of our documentation procedures on edition sizes, definitions of terms traditionally written on lithographs by the artist (trial proof, artist proof, bon à tirer, etc.), clues for recognizing common printing defects, reports of editions published and editions exhausted, price trends, and such other information as would build a good reference file.

We welcome your comments and suggestions for future publication, and hope you find this service useful in dealing with the public's interest in lithography as an art form.

Sincerely yours,

Virginia Allen
Virginia Allen, Curator


a non-profit organization devoted to the stimulation and preservation of the art of the lithograph

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