Épinal Print

Saint Nicolas

Imagerie d'Épinal

Épinal, France

vellum print, 19 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches

smaller print, 8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches

Jean Charles Pellerin began printing in Épinal at the end of the 17th Century.

Pictures were carved into wooden boards, then printed with a hand-operated Gutenberg press. A stencil was used to add color by hand.

These one-panel pictures and pages with pictures-in-sequence were sold in the millions as "one cent images" throughout the world.

The plant still has the original wood blocks and produces prints by the original methods, as well as new designs. The Épinal range includes a number of Saint Nicolas designs.