How It All Began: A Journey from Verona through India to the Prague Studio in V lesíčku

Mirro Pegrassi v Lesíčku - Grafická dílna Dřímal

The father of Mirro Pegrassi, Malachio Giuseppe Pegrassi, came to Bohemia from Verona, Italy, in 1881 when he got a job working on the stone sculpture decoration of the National Theater. He married a Czech woman and temporarily settled in Prague. Mirro Pegrassi was born in 1891 in Verona, Italy. From 1908 to 1912, he apprenticed as a printer in the workshop of his compatriot Alessandro de Piann. As was customary at the time, he embarked on a journey to gain experience. He first visited Germany, where he worked as a printer for Meissenbach and Riffort Berlin from 1912 to 1921.

Then his travels took him to distant India, where he printed maps of the territory of one of the Maharajas on the spot.

Upon his return to Prague, he founded his own workshop. He also continued his studies as a private student at the Prague School of Art under the guidance of Professor Arnošt Hofbauer and painter Václav Jansa. He had workshops in Košíře, Bílá Hora, and from 1939 in V lesíčku Street in Smíchov.

In this intaglio workshop, he collaborated with leading Czech and Slovak artists until his death in 1963. Excluding printers working in art schools, Mirro Pegrassi remained perhaps the only professional printer with his own workshop in Bohemia during the 1950s and 1960s. His nephew, Pavel Dřímal, was the only one among the artistic printers who received an apprenticeship certificate from him.


We offer a wide range of printmaking services, specializing in the techniques of engraving. We can print both black and white and color graphics, utilizing single or multiple plates (multiple plate printing). Our format options are quite flexible, ranging from postage stamp size to 100 x 70 cm. Larger formats are also possible upon consultation. The costs vary depending on the technical condition and complexity of the plates, from single prints to larger quantities.

We primarily work with Charbonel, Le Franc & Bourgeois inks, and provide various paper options, including handmade and machine-made papers from Czech, English, French, and Italian sources. Additionally, we can print on supplied paper as long as it is suitable for the printing process.

Furthermore, we organize immersive workshops for artists and enthusiasts who wish to delve into the craft and create their own graphic prints for joy and fulfillment.


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