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May 25, 2018

Iain Bain

It is with sadness that we must record the death of the Society’s Life President, Iain Bain, on 20 April 2018, at the age of 84. While he later became a distinguished publisher, art historian and printing historian, in his youth Iain Bain was an accomplished athlete and in the 1950s was three times the Scottish hammer-throwing champion. After university (St Edmund Hall, Oxford), he joined Unwin Brothers in Woking, before joining Bodley Head as production manager. From 1972 to his retirement in 1994 he was head of publishing at the Tate Gallery. He wrote extensively about the history of copperplate printing and was the acknowledged world authority on the woodblock printing of Thomas Bewick. He was President of the Bewick Society, President of the Private Libraries Association and Vice-President of the London Topographical Society.

Posted by Francis Cave at May 25, 2018 05:24 PM