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This print is based upon Thomas Hardy's poem 'Faintheart in a Railway Train' and the title is taken from the text. The poem complete reads:

At nine in the morning there passed a church,
At ten there passed by me the sea,
At twelve a town of smoke and smirch,
At two a forest of oak and birch,
And then on the platform, she:

A radiant stranger, who saw me not,
I said, 'Get out to her do I dare?'
But I kept my seat in my search for a plea,
And the wheels moved on. O could it but be
That I had alighted there!

The L-shaped profile of an English church and tower suggests the hands of a clock at 9 and I continued thus, angling the mast and boom of a sailing boat at 10, a pair of overlapping chimneys representing 12 and setting the trunk and branch of a tree at 2 o clock. The radiant stranger is framed in a compartment door window of a railway carriage, as found in Hardy's time. I suspect the station is Truro although I would be unable to present proof.

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This print is pulled from a relief plate cut from rubber, a variation of letterpress, akin to linoprinting. The completed edition made 6 copies. The print would fit straight into a standard 10x12 inch frame or I can trim the print as you may require. Please see the adjacent photograph as to how the image is positioned. The print is on light Japanese paper and a backing sheet of the same size is included.

Materials used:

oil-based black printing ink on Japanese Washi paper

radiant stranger (2017)


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Peter Long

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