About the pictures on this website

This website will illustrate all the works of Françoise Taylor that are not already in private collections or art galleries. They are arranged into 'Catalogues' and 'Archives' and are also labelled with 'tags'—below—that characterise each picture, or work, in some way. They can also be searched. A picture may appear in more than one of the above.

During her life Françoise produced a large number of pictures: drawings, engravings, etchings, lithographs, monoprints, paintings and works in other media. How many is not known but probably one thousand or more, a number of which were acquired by galleries or sold in exhibitions over the years. The rest remain in the ownership of her Estate—a considerable number—and it is many of those that are illustrated on this website. It is not intended to be a display gallery but more a catalogue (not yet complete) to record the scope of her art and to show the pictures as small digital images so this scope can be appreciated.

Françoise Taylor's works acquired by The Whitworth in 2013 will be included in due course.

The pictures are reproduced from digital scans. The original scans are at a resolution of 300ppi (pixels per inch). An image 10 inches wide is therefore 3000 pixels wide with a typical filesize of some 40 megabytes and suitable for high quality prints. For this website the pixels are considerably reduced to display on normal computer screens. Even on Flickr the maximum dimension is 1024 pixels at 72ppi, optimised to reduce filesizes further and are not suitable for printing except at very low resolution and with fewer colours than the originals. Please note important legal information on copyright and the reproduction of digital images.

Many of Françoise Taylor's pictures were produced in the 1940s and 50s on paper that has probably yellowed with age (indeed the natural process of ageing may be considered as a part of their character). The original paper colours also varied. In some cases it is difficult to know exactly how the work was coloured when it was first created and now, many decades later, a judgement must be made on how they are best presented. The pictures illustrated here are generally as is (subject to the limitations of digital scanning and computer screens) rather than trying to guess as was.

High resolution scans of engravings and delicate line drawings can produce prints with most (not all) of the quality of the original but their crisp definition is inevitably lost when they are displayed on a normal computer screen, even when enlarged. Françoise Taylor's engravings, drypoints, burins, and pen-and-ink drawings are therefore best appreciated 'in the flesh.'