Valerie Thornton was born in 1931 and sadly died in 1992. She had an enormously successful artistic career and her etchings and drawings are in private and public collections throughout the world including the British Museum the Victoria and Albert Museum the Biblioteque Nationale Paris the Museum of Fine Art Montreal and the New York Public Library. She studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic and the Byam Shaw School of Art but it was not until she joined Atelier 17 in Paris and studied under Hayter that she began printmaking. She took up etching in earnest and experimented with biting the acid into the plate in such a way that the effect was of ancient stonework when printed. Her subject matters were predominantly architectural depicting the order of measured spaces or the way in which a town is built up into a visual unit through diverse planes and textures. Often her prints included churches and Romanesque architecture.