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basic paleƩe of 12 inks. The print run was     John Franklin Earhart is now remembered
comparaƟvely small - 2,000 copies - and it     as an arƟst, rather than a printer, but his
has never been reprinted, making second-       magnum opus is probably the most important
hand volumes eye-wateringly expensive. A       monument to his life’s work, rather than his
well-thumbed copy sells for around £1,000      landscapes. The patent on the Chaostype
and a fine ediƟon can achieve a sales price     process expired over a century ago and it
in excess of £2,500. The book was very well    hasn’t been used commercially since the
received, and although it was wriƩen at a Ɵme  demise of ArƟsƟc PrinƟng. Perhaps the Ɵme
when ArƟsƟc PrinƟng was at its peak, it also   has come to throw some scrap type into a
reflected a growing interest in the science     heated pot and make an aƩempt to revive the
behind prinƟng processes. A second book        process. I think Earhart might approve if the
on colour, The Harmonizer, followed in 1897.   results make good use of colour, something
Copies of both works are held at the St Bride  which was a lifelong passion for this forgoƩen
Library in London, together with Earhart’s     arƟst.
1885 periodical, The Superior Printer.
                                                    OXFORD GUILD OF PRINTERS
Landscape painƟng was the great passion of
Earhart. He was a skilled draughtsman and         Wayzgoose
an accomplished arƟst, creaƟng landscape
images which have, at Ɵmes, an almost                 Saturday 11TH October 2014
luminous quality. During his career as a
printer he painted constantly. At first it was            Oxford Brookes University,
for relaxaƟon, but by the Ɵme he reached                     Headington, Oxford
his mid-40s it had become an all-engrossing
passion and he turned his back on the                         10 am to 5pm
prinƟng trade, withdrawing from business
to paint full-Ɵme. He became an acƟve                 The BPS has booked a table at this, the larg-
member of the CincinnaƟ Art Club and                  est letterpress wayzgoose in the country, to
devoted all of his Ɵme to the easel. In 1903          publicise the Society. If you are planning to
he was presented with a $100 prize for the            attend would you be prepared to help out on
Art Club’s best landscape painƟng. His work           the table for a little while? If so, please could
was widely exhibited and found its way into           you contact Paul Hatcher, who will be in
many important collecƟons. Between 1908               contact and will draw up a rota.
and 1909 he spent eight months on the
borders of the Forest of Fontainbleau, near                 www.oxfordguildofprinters.com
Barbizon in France, painƟng and sketching in
the neighbouring villages.

In 1925 John Earhart joined the staff of the
University of CincinnaƟ School of Applied
Arts, where the 72-year-old arƟst, taught
colour theory unƟl his death in 1938.
This appointment came at the end of his
professional career, thirty-three years aŌer
his great published work on colour first
appeared.

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