In 1960 Penguin Books went on trial under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 for publishing D. H. Lawrence's ‘Lady Chatterley's Lover’. Mervyn Griffith-Jones was prosecuting, Gerald Gardiner was defending and Mr Justice Byrne was presiding. In his opening remarks Mervyn Griffith-Jones scored a spectacular own-goal, asking the jury, "Would you approve of your young sons, young daughters - because girls can read as well as boys - reading this book? Is it a book you would have lying around your own house? Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?" The latter question convinced many people that the British establishment was entirely out of touch, the gaffe resonating in popular culture ever since.
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.
This print will fit straight into a 12 x 10 inch frame.
Black oil based printing ink, Hahnemuhle etching paper 300gsm