On the north bank of the River Thames, the White Tower and associated works built in 1078 were designed as a symbol of power, following the Norman Conquest of 1066. Over the centuries the Tower has been variously rebuilt and adapted as Royal residence, Armoury, Treasury, Royal Mint, Records Office, and notorious prison and place of execution. Control of the Tower has long been regarded as implying control of the nation. In 2014 it seemed a fitting site to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The installation artwork 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red', consisting of 888,246 hand-made poppies, each represented a British and Colonial soldier who fell in the war. The famous Bayeux tapestry was fabricated as another proclamation of Norman supremacy and I have tried to adapt something of its' style and weathering into this print.
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.
Black oil based printing ink, cotton rag paper 120 gsm