The Fair was founded in 1985 by a committee of 8 London print dealers, and the first fairs took place in the old Diploma Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts with just 16 exhibitors.
The Print Fair is now in its 35th year and has grown to accommodate 50 exhibitors. It is still at the Royal Academy of Arts, now taking place in the wonderful main galleries. As an institution run by artists - many of whom collect prints themselves - the Royal Academy is a natural home for the Print Fair. Sir Joshua Reynolds, founding President of the Royal Academy in 1768, had a great collection including prints by Dürer and Rembrandt.
The purpose of the Fair is to promote prints as collectable works of art. Printmaking has been instrumental in the development of art since the 15th century and the wide span of prints on sale at the Fair set contemporary prints in their historical context.