Roy Lichtenstein started working on the subject of entablatures (ornamental features found on classical and classicising building façades between the columns and roof, which traditionally consist of an architrave, frieze and cornice) in 1971, producing two series of Entablature paintings in 1971-2 and 1974-6. The second series coincided with the study and production of his Entablature prints, which were completed in April 1976. The print series consists of eleven prints on off-white Rives wove paper, of which Tate owns six, Entablature IV to Entablature IX. Edition numbers vary between the individual prints, as does the number of proofs; Entablature IV is an edition of thirty plus nine artist's proofs, one right-to-print, one printer's proof and an archive copy. The series was printed and published in New York by Tyler Graphics Ltd., whose blind stamp appears in the bottom right-hand corner of each print; Tate's prints were bought from the Collection of Tyler Graphics through Sotheby's.
Entablature VIII (C. 145), 1976
Signed, dated, and numbered 29/30 in pencil
Color screenprint, lithograph and collage with embossing on Rives BFK
Image: 21 7/8 x 38 in
Sheet: 29 1/8 x 45 in