This picture is based upon an item of pottery in the Fitzwilliam collection in Cambridge. Salt glazed stoneware was hand-modelled from strips and rolls of clay and fired in a unique way. The process, now considered too hazardous to employ, gives rise to colours of off-white, earth and deep blue. Out of respect to those makers, I used a deep blue ink rather than black, and was much taken by the result.
What is the nature of the relationship depicted here? Only the viewer really knows! But this old-fashioned scene may be in a way familiar. In the shifting sands of human relations, a glance, a pause, some slight inclination, can make up a conversation, without a word being said. Such a conversation can be more revealing, more kindly, more loving, than speech. Some people are concerned with many things, their career, their property, their savings, and so on. But I would say that a sympathetic relationship is worth far more than those things, and a reason why enormous value is placed upon those items generally called 'pew groups' which were made in Staffordshire in the 1740's, by unknown modellers.
This print is pulled from a relief plate cut from a sheet of rubber, a variation of letterpress. After removal of areas that are not be printed, the cut rubber sheet is rolled up with ink and pressed to paper, producing the print. The completed edition made 10 copies. The paper and ink are of high quality and should present no keeping difficulty. This print is a bit bigger than I usually work, the image measures 7 x 8½ inches on a sheet 11 x 12 inches. The fit on the sheet can be seen in the secondary image. Prints can be trimmed if required before dispatch, without extra cost.
oil-based printing ink, Lambeth Cartridge paper 130gsm