ORIGINAL PRINT - Limited Edition of 12 Crafted Prints (Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta 325gsm with pigment ink) This fine art print meets museum longevity requirements and is carefully hand crafted. Prior to dispatch the print is hand signed and individually numbered. A certificate of authenticity is supplied.
Print Size | 12” x 8”
Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English folklore who, according to legend, was a highly skilled archer and swordsman. Traditionally depicted dressed in Lincoln green, he is said to rob from the rich and give to the poor. Alongside his band of Merry Men in Sherwood Forest and against the Sheriff of Nottingham, he became a popular folk figure in the Late Middle Ages, and continues to be widely represented in literature, film and television.
The first clear reference to 'rhymes of Robin Hood' is from the alliterative poem Piers Plowman, thought to have been composed in the 1370s, but the earliest surviving copies of the narrative ballads that tell his story date to the second half of 15th century, or the first decade of the 16th century. In these early accounts, Robin Hood's partisanship of the lower classes, his Marianism and associated special regard for women, his outstanding skill as an archer, his anti-clericalism, and his particular animosity towards the Sheriff of Nottingham are already clear. Little John, Much the Miller's Son and Will Scarlet (as Will 'Scarlok' or 'Scathelocke') all appear, although not yet Maid Marian or Friar Tuck.
Nottinghamshire's claim to Robin Hood's heritage is disputed, with Yorkists staking a claim to the outlaw. But from the beginning Robin Hood is on the side of the poor; this Gest (verse) quotes Robin Hood as instructing his men that when they rob:
loke ye do no husbonde harme
That tilleth with his ploughe.
No more ye shall no gode yeman
That walketh by gren-wode shawe;
Ne no knyght ne no squyer
That wol be a gode felawe.
he was a good outlawe,
And dyde pore men moch god.
The 20th century grafted still further details on to the original legends. The 1938 film, The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, portrayed Robin as a hero on a national scale, leading the oppressed Saxons in revolt against their Norman overlords. In 1953, during the McCarthy era, the Republican members of the Textbook Commission called for a ban of Robin Hood in all school books for promoting communism because he stole from the rich to give to the poor.
This is the importance of the Robin Hood myth. It's the first and often the only political-economic fable we learn. It's not a children's story, although it is childlike. It contains the three essential ingredients of grown-up narrative of love, death and money without being a love story, a tragedy or a comedy.
Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta 325gsm is a brilliant white high gloss paper that sets the bench mark for high colour depth, large colour gamut and image definition. This paper gives the 'wow' factor particularly to black and white prints with an extremely high d-max and the finest grey tones. It is a unique experience to touch and feel this genuine art paper. Using barium sulphate in the premium inkjet coating ensures the typical gloss that makes this paper a genuine digital replacement for traditional baryta papers.
This fine art print will meet museum longevity requirements and has a unique extra contrasty surface with a sensual feel. The print has a total of twelve different inks, ensuring that even the minutest details are visible, and the colours appear freshly printed even after 100 years. This art paper base offers a unique "touch and feel" experience - the Hahnemuhle typical 4th dimension.
It is the artist's preference to use traditional negative film and mechanical cameras. The film is hand developed and scanned by the artist, prior to creating the art work.
Photographic based artist Jonathan Talks produces original artwork from his Nottingham studio.
Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta 325gsm with pigment ink