Born in London, Stanley William Hayter was a major figure in twentieth-century printmaking. In 1926 he abandoned a promising career in the oil industry to travel to Paris and enrol at the Académie Julian art school. In Paris, Hayter met the Polish artist Joseph Hecht (1891-1951) who taught him burin engraving. Hayter quickly set up his own print workshop (later named Atelier 17), establishing it as a space for teaching and collaboration. Hayter, like many European artists, moved to New York after the outbreak of WWII. Over the years in both Paris and New York a diverse range of artists worked with Hayter at Atelier 17, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Jackson Pollock.