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The song of Hope

The song of Hope - an original handprinted wood engraving, one of the 2 blocks I engraved to illustrate Thomas Hardy's beautiful and powerful poem "The Darkling Thrush".


Wood engraving is a form of relief printmaking. The image is engraved with very sharp finely-pointed tools into a mirror- smooth surface of an endgrain block (in this case - lemonwood). The surface is then inked up and the image is printed onto paper. I hand-burnish each of the prints with a teaspoon (see a little video of proofing this block) - please allow a week for order processing.

Handprinted in highly-pigmented oil-based ink in Carbon Black on an archival printmaking paper.

Comes with an acid-free backboard and double mount ready to fit a standard 8x8" frame (you can also choose an unmounted print. The mount is affixed with paper "hinges" and can be removed if needed).

Image size 5x6,5cm. Titled, numbered and signed in pencil.

A limited edition of 100.

Because the image is inked and printed by hand, there may be slight variations in tone.

Will be shipped flat, carefully wrapped in acid-free tissue, sandwitched between 2 sturdy boards and packaged in a protective envelop to ensure safe delivery. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Sold unframed.

"The Darkling Thrush" engraving is listed here.

The song of Hope

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