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About The David Crown Holocaust Print Collection
David Crown (1924-2016) was born in London and educated at Cambridge University, the University of London and the London Hospital Medical School. In 1948, he moved to Rochester, NY where he practiced internal medicine until his retirement. In 1983, he moved to Gainesville, Florida to pursue his passion for art full-time. Dr. Crown worked in many different media, although mezzotints were his special interest. Crown's artworks are held in numerous collections across America, Canda, Japan and Europe.
The Holocaust prints are all intaglio; they were etched with nitric acid or using a mezzotint rocker. All of the prints were produced on zinc or copper plates; the indigo ink was hand-blended by Dr. Crown. Each plate had a potential edition size of 50 prints; however, only a few prints of each image were ever produced. On the creation of the Holocaust prints, Crown writes:
The title of this series of prints is not simply a statement of fact. For me personally it has a special significance. I was born in 1924 in London, England and in 1939, the year WWII began, I was 14 and a very rebellious teenager. There were frequent disputes with my father about the state the world was in: about the 30’s, about poverty, The Depression, anti-Semitism, and WWI and its aftermath and the mess my parent’s generation had made of the world. And I would vow “In my lifetime, things will be different.” They were; they were much worse ... ('In My Lifetime').
The David Crown Holocaust Print Collection is housed in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections, Smathers Library, University of Florida. For more information, please see the collection finding aid.