Artist's proof

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a very early proof impression of an engraving, or the like; - often distinguished by the artist's signature.

See also: Proof

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Hepworth made three editions and an artist's proof of this work, the latter still in the garden at St Ives, in 1973.
The piece was an artist's proof, meaning it was the first version cast and all other versions were replicas.
Sarasota, FL, December 13, 2015 --( An important collection of French, Continental and Asian art and antiques including Napoleon III bronzes, porcelain, sculpture and paintings; a Pablo Picasso colored linocut; and a Marc Chagall original artist's proof lithograph are among the featured items to be auctioned off Saturday, December 19, 2015, from noon to 4 p.m.
An artist's proof is a trial print and is made first.
He scored in 1929 (Artist's Proof), 1932 (Epicure) and 1934 (Monksland).
Stallone felt it appropriate that he sign such an important document with the solid gold version "artist's proof" of the pen which he eventually used to place his signature on the unique, monumental contract.
Raffle tickets, costing pounds 1, are still on sale for the chance to win an artist's proof of a Welsh Black bull, painted by Sir Kyffin Williams and donated by his old friend OG Thomas, Chwaen Goch, Llanerchymedd.
On the level of micropolitics, Superflex do emphasize commitment to an open-source, postcapitalist model of informational, intellectual, and artistic exchange, having made this movie available for free downloading via the Pirate Bay, thereby espousing a "copyleft" relationship to their own artistic production (even if the piece is, at the same time, an edition of three with one artist's proof).
"Artist's Proof" is a novel that contains mystery, murder, and many secrets.
Dennie Stokes, Earle, Ark., won the framed, autographed artist's proof of "New Beginnings," the introductory painting in the Celebration Series from AGROTAIN International LLC.
Up for grabs were 582 hedcuts of the famous, and the somewhat less so--each with the original artist's proof. Profits from the auction would benefit the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, which provides minority journalism scholarships.
The very interesting thing is that he maintains an artist's proof of every work he's made, but he specifies that the artist's proof is of variable dimensions so he can print it out at any size he wants and he's constantly experimenting with it.