We stretch canvases to order, and provide cotton and linen by the metre or the roll for artists to stretch themselves. For this we have sourced high-quality artist canvases from Italy and Belgium. We have chosen these supports because they not only present a versatile range of surfaces on which to work, but they are also very affordable.

Caravaggio Italian Cottons & Linens

Caravaggio Italian Cottons & Linens The Caravaggio range of Italian cottons and linens is our most popular. With good reason: they're versatile, high quality and represent great value. For the last half-decade, Fitzroy Stretches has been the agent for Caravaggio cottons and linens which have been milled in Varese, Italy for over 30 years. Available in a range of styles, colours and widths, the Caravaggio collection is prepared with a layer of clear-primer, and three layers of universal primer. The universal-primed surface is suitable for both oils and acrylics. All types are available in 210mm widths in 10 metre rolls. Fitzroy Stretches worked directly with the Italian manufacturers to develop black- and red ochre-coloured priming. These coloured grounds have proven to be very popular. Many of our artists also use Caravaggio's clear-primed surface as an alternative to rabbit skin glue. www.salersas.it

Claessens Belgian Linens

Claessens Belgian Linens Claessens Belgian linen is aimed squarely at serious artists who require the high performance of a linen canvas. Founded in 1906, this company maintains a specialisation in linen production, guaranteeing a premium quality canvas to artists worldwide. Claessens Belgian linen is the highest quality found anywhere in the world and comes as both oil- and acrylic primed. www.claessens-va.be

Libeco Lagae Belgian Linen

Libeco Lagae Belgian Linen Established over a century and a half ago, Libeco Lagae produces 60% of the total linen production in Belgium and is responsible for one of the finest ranges of artist linens available. These linens are available in loomstate in rolls of 50-55 metres, or per metre off the roll. www.libeco.com