Artist's description:

This year in the east of England at least, we have a backward Spring. I recall Thomas Hardy's poem of the same title, written just over one hundred years ago. Below is the poem complete:

The trees are afraid to put forth buds,
And there is timidity in the grass;
The plots lie grey where gouged by spuds,
And whether next week will pass
Free of sly sour winds is the fret of each bush
Of barberry waiting to bloom.

Yet the snowdrop's face betrays no gloom,
And the primrose pants in its heedless push,
Though the myrtle asks if it's worth the fight
This year with frost and rime
To venture one more time
On delicate leaves and buttons of white
From the selfsame bough as at last year's prime
And never to ruminate on or remember
What happened to it in mid-December.

Technical note
This print is pulled from a relief plate cut from rubber, a variation of letterpress, akin to linoprinting. The completed edition made 7 copies. The print is on a sheet measuring 11x13 inches (280x330mm). To make the sheet measure 8x10 inches I would trim one and a half inches off each side before dispatch. However, if you would prefer the sheet to be left untrimmed then that option is available. I will check which size you would prefer before dispatch.

Materials used:

oil-based printing inks and cartridge paper

a backward spring (2018)


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Peter Long

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