An August Midnight
This print is after a poem by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) by the same title. Hardy had an immense sympathy for the animal kingdom and wrote this poem about creatures who had invited themselves into his home in Dorset, one evening in 1899. The poem complete is here below:
A SHADED lamp and a waving blind,
And the beat of a clock from a distant floor:
On this scene enter – winged, horned, and spined -
A longlegs, a moth, and a dumbledore;
While 'mid my page there idly stands
A sleepy fly, that rubs its hands . . .
Thus meet we five, in this still place,
At this point in time, at this point in space.
- My guests besmear my new-penned line,
Or bang at the lamp and fall supine.
'God's humblest they!' I muse. Yet why?
They know Earth-secrets that know not I.
This print is pulled from an engraving cut out of a sheet of rubber, and is a variation of letterpress printing. After removal of areas that are to be left as white paper, the remaining rubber is rolled up with ink and pressed to paper. The total number of prints in this case is closed at five and the printing plate discarded.
The print comprises oil-based black ink on high quality acid free paper and should present no keeping difficulties. The image measures 5x6¼ inches on a 10x12 inch sheet and will fit straight into a standard 10x12 inch frame.
black oil-based printing ink, Hahnemuhle etching paper 300gsm