After a year or two of experimentation, Cape Dorset released its' inaugural print collection in the fall of 1959. The collection featured a total of 41 prints produced primarily in either stonecut or stencil. Since the collection was produced with cautious enthusiasm, edition sizes were limited to 30 impressions each. Fast forward sixty years and Cape Dorset is still producing some of the most exciting works of graphic art in Canada and is the likely the oldest print atelier in continuous operation.
We are very proud to present this wonderful group of 1959 graphics as it presents a rare opportunity to see so many together at the same time. There are a number of passionate collectors who have been trying to amass the entire collection and competition for the 1959 prints at auction is often fierce. Given the small edition sizes and the ravages of time, some of these prints may never re-appear on the market.