Standing at over a thousand feet in beautiful Derbyshire lies the remains of this old lead mine. Magpie mine went through various booms and busts in the course of over 200 years, finally closing in 1954. It was regularly in dispute with a neighbouring company, with fights in the courts and battles underground. The place is said have been cursed by the widows of three miners who were killed by smoke inhalation in one such fracas.
This print is pulled from an engraving cut from a sheet of rubber, a variation of letterpress. After removal of areas that are to be left as white paper, the rubber sheet is then rolled up with ink and pressed to paper, producing the print. The technique does not accommodate reprinting, so the edition is forever fixed at 5 copies.
oil based black printing ink, Heritage Bookwhite 160gsm