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Limited Edition FAQ (812) 345-1558

1. What is a limited edition print?
2. How is a fine art limited edition print numbered?
3. Who does the copyright belong to?
4. What is archival paper?
    Media Specifications
5. What is archival ink?
6. How do I care for my archival limited edition print?
7. How do I know that I'm getting an authentic high quality print?

1. What is a limited edition print?
In T.W. Richards' print series, each archival, museum-quality edition is limited to either 300 or 500 prints; this small number keeps the value and rarity of the art piece precious. As a limited edition sells out, the value of each piece in that edition often increases well beyond the original purchase price. Each and every limited edition print is individually signed and numbered by T.W. Richards and an autographed Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each print.

The opposite of a limited edition is an open edition. Open edition prints are not limited in the number of copies that are produced and typically are not signed by the artist. When you purchase a limited edition print, you are making an investment. All of the prints sold by Dutch Flats Wildlife Art Gallery, LLC are limited edition prints.
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2. How is a fine art limited edition print numbered?
Our system of numbering and documenting the fine art limited editions is designed to guarantee the authenticity and originality of our prints in the art market. Each print is signed by T.W. Richards in the lower right-hand corner or margin. The edition size can be found in the left-hand corner represented as one number divided by another number. The number on the top represents the order in which the artist has signed that particular print and the number on the bottom represents the total number of prints in that specific edition. For example: 3/300 means that a print is number 3 out of a total limited edition of 300.

You will find the following detailed information for each print in our online gallery:

"ROCK WITH A VIEW" (title)
Unmatted Size: 9" x 12"
Unmatted Price: $50.00
Matted Size: 14" x 18"
Matted Price: $85.00
Limited Edition size: 300 signed and numbered by the artist

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3. Who does the copyright belong to?
T.W. Richards and Dutch Flats Wildlife Art Gallery, LLC retain the copyright for all of his images and prints. T.W. Richards' prints are exclusively published by Blackberry Press and all rights are reserved by Dutch Flats Wildlife Art Gallery, LLC.

This means that the images cannot be copied, reproduced, or reprinted by anyone else. Anyone who attempts to do so will be in breach of the law and will be subject to legal penalties.
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4. What is archival paper?
Paper is one of the most important elements in creating fine art prints because the choice of paper for an artist's image is crucial to the final printed effect as well as the longevity of the print. Archival paper is specially designed paper, which has chemical and physical properties that ensure the brilliance of the original image is preserved. This is why archival paper is used by leading artists and printmakers.

T.W. Richards' limited edition prints are printed on 100% cotton rag archival fine art paper made to last 100 years or more. We chose this paper because of the beauty of its printed effect as well as its ph neutrality, weight (basis weight 225 g/m2), thickness (15 mil), strength, and longevity.

The physical strength of the paper is ensured by using a high quality cotton fiber instead of a wood fiber. The reason why paper in good books from the mid 1800's and earlier is not brittle or discolored, whilst paper in newspapers or books less than 20-years old is yellow and brittle, is that the former are made with quality acid-free cotton paper while the latter are made with acid woodchip paper that deteriorates rapidly. We don't use papers processed with wood chips and wood fiber because they are not archival.
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Media Specifications

Textured Fine Art Paper

The egg shell colored paper selected for T.W. Richards' limited edition prints has the look and touch of Old World handmade paper. It yields brilliant colors and deep blacks.


  • Acid free to preserve fine art and photos
  • 100% cotton rag for long term durability
  • White surface for vivid color reproduction
  • Rich black images for prints with exceptional contrast
  • Textured surface for a true artistic appearance
  • 225 g/m2 basis weight for maximum versatility
  • Flat matte surface to eliminate glare

Feature Checklist

Indoor/outdoor usage
Indoor use only

200 years
Lightfastness ratings are based on accelerated testing of prints on specialty media (only when using archival inks and displayed indoors under glass). Lightfastness only estimates the life of the ink, not the media.

To provide the best protection, keep prints behind a glass plate or Plexiglas shield with UF3.

Resistance to water
Bleeding does not occur with incidental water contact. However, try to prevent exposure to moisture.

Handling requirements
Use gloves when handling the paper to avoid smudges and fingerprints on the printing surface.

Mounting feasibility
Use rag board or other high quality, acid-free mounting materials.

Lamination feasibility
Not recommended
If a protective coating is desired, use a fast-drying, acrylic spray with a UV absorbent.

Technical Specifications

  • Basis weight 225 g/m2
  • Thickness 15 mil
  • ISO brightness 89%
  • Opacity 98%
  • Hot lamination No
  • Base material 100% Cotton rag
  • Surface finish Textured matte

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5. What is archival ink?
An archival ink is a specially designed ink preferred by artists and art buyers because of its longevity. These inks fight fading, water-solubility, the effects of UV sunlight, and general degradation.

Archival inks are scientifically tested and favored for their resistance to the damaging effects of light (particularly UV light) color stability, and excellent saturation in the widest range of vivid colors. This makes them perfect for "heirloom quality" limited edition prints.

All of Dutch Flats Wildlife Art Gallery's fine art limited edition prints are created using both archival ink and archival paper to produce a print with a life of over 100 years when correctly preserved in a stable environment (please refer to the next section: How do I care for my archival limited edition print?).
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6. How do I care for my archival limited edition print?
Although archival paper and inks are used to produce T.W. Richards' limited edition prints, any print placed in direct sunlight will fade over time. The archival paper and inks of Blackberry Press' prints will ensure the longevity (100+ years) of your artwork investment if the print is kept in a stable environment with a steady temperature (around 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and moderate levels of humidity. It is very important to hang your limited edition print in an area well away from any direct sunlight and where it will not be subjected to temperature extremes of heat or cold.

We recommend having your print matted and framed under glass, the latter of which includes UV filters that will reduce the deterioration caused by sunlight and humidity.

Until you have your print framed we recommend using white cotton or nylon lab gloves when handling the prints. These gloves are readily available from good photographic supply stores and their use prevents harmful deposits of body oils from your fingers being deposited onto the prints.
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7. How do I know that I'm getting an authentic high quality print?
Each T.W. Richards' limited edition print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. It is your assurance that you are receiving a high quality print that will not be printed in multiple editions, on different substrates, or in other sizes.

T.W. works very closely with the printer in the production process and his signature on each print verifies that he has personally inspected and approved every print. The artist hand-numbers and signs each print during the inspection process. The certificate, in conjunction with T.W. Richard's signature on the print, is your guarantee that no other prints or similar editions of his drawings exist now or will ever be published in the future.
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