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George W. Drew Print

Posted Sunday, January 08 by Brian

I have what I think is a print. It is signed George W Drew in the lower right corner. It is rather large and it is framed. Do his prints have any value? Thanks a lot.


First, you should determine with certainty that it is a print, and then what type of print. More on that later.

I wasn't able to find any information on the value of his prints. Generally speaking, prints of artists's works that have been printed in large unlimited editions have minimal value. What I call "pretty picture value". In other words how much would somebody pay to have that pretty picture on their wall. Pretty picture value can go as high as several hundred dollars, depending on the subject matter, eye appeal, artist and framing. Without seeing yours, I couldn't even guess at value.

A few artists, such as Maxfield Parrish, Frederick Remington and a some others have attained such collectible stature that even their mass produced pieces can sell in the hundreds of dollars, and rarely over $1,000. Original paintings by these artists can sell for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I have intended for a while to write something about how to tell if a picture is a print. Your question has inspired me to start the project. Because there are so many types of prints it will take some time to complete. But I will start with the most common printing technique, modern color separation, in my next post.

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