LONDON GRAPHIC ARTS BEGAN FINE PRINT PUBLICATION OF CONTEMPORARY MASTER PRINTMAKERS IN THE LATE 1960’S, A TIME BEFORE FINE ART WAS COMMONLY AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

IN THE 1960S THE LONDON ARTS GALLERY (THEN LOCATED AT 22 NEW BOND STREET, LONDON) DISPLAYED ORIGINAL FINE PRINT WORKS BY OLD MASTERS LIKE DURER AND REMBRANDT AND MODERN ARTISTS SUCH AS PICASSO AND HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. THE GALLERY WAS ALSO AN IMPORTANT AND RESPECTED SHOWPLACE FOR MANY CONTEMPORARY POP ARTISTS. The London Arts Group had galleries in London, Detroit, New York with affiliates in several other locations.

Bag One 1970

An exhibition of John Lennon’s erotic lithographs opened at London Arts Gallery at 22 New Bond Street, London W1.

The lithographs, known collectively as Bag One, had been drawn by Lennon in 1969, and chronicled his wedding ceremony and honeymoon with Yoko Ono, and one of their bed-ins for world peace.

The Bag One Portfolio was published as a limited edition of 300, and contained 14 artworks. Each lithograph was signed by Lennon. The portfolio went on sale for £550, with individual prints priced at £40 each.

The exhibition lasted two weeks, but on the second day the gallery was raided and police officers confiscated eight of the 14 originals on the grounds of indecency.