‘Millbeck’. Lake District, Little Langdale. Millbeck Farm is an archetypal Lakeland Herdwick Sheep hill farm and was given by Beatrix Potter to the National Trust in the 1940’s to be preserved and protected for all time, for us all. Dave Birkett farmed here with his grandfather in the 1970’s, Vic Gregg. Also in the 1940’s his other grandfather the legendary rock climber Jim Birkett, my father, developed the rock climbing in the impressive White Ghyll which cuts into the fellside just to the right. Above the farm in the dark hollow runs Stickle Ghyll. The prominent snow clad ‘pike’ is that of Harrison Stickle. For 18th C artists, who began to paint and interpret the Lake District, this scene represented the untamed and frightening heights of a wild landscape.
Specifications and a brief background about the materials chosen in these prints are below:
Image area 20″ x 13.34″ (6000 x 4002 px)
Archival paper: Hahnemuehle 350gsm Museum Etching – a natural white, 100% cotton paper, which guarantees archival standards. With its premium matt coating, Museum Etching features a distinct textured surface, which meets the highest industry standards for density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness, while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper. Hahnemuehle were founded in 1584 and are the oldest German papermakers manufacturing papers for traditional and digital artists. Your print is designed to archival standards and is acid free.
Archival inks: UltraChrome K3™ ink technology represents a turning point in the history of Giclée printing, producing archival prints with amazing colour fidelity, and scratch resistance, while providing stable colours from the moment prints exit the printer, lightfastness ratings of up to 108 years for colour and over 200 years for black and white under rigorous industry accepted display conditions. Protected with two coats of Fine Art Protective Spray increases the water-resistance of prints and protects images from fading caused by UV rays, and adds up to 100% increase in fade resistance. Also protects against airborne contamination and ozone damage.
General Care: As with any valued fine art print, it is recommended that it be displayed in indirect lighting conditions and away from any contact with moisture. Using archival materials for mattes, backing and spacers, museum quality framing and UV protected glass/plexiglass will add to the life of the print. The artwork should never directly touch the glass/plexiglass.
Giclée Prints: The paper of the print itself needs to be handled carefully to prevent absorption of oils and/or marks from fingertips. Be careful to avoid dents and creases, since these can be very difficult or even impossible to remove later.
Lighting: It is recommended that you DO NOT keep your Giclée prints in direct sunlight, even though your print comes with UV protective coatings. Less light means less fading from harmful ultraviolet rays.