Nineteen wood engravers and a collector on their greatest influence

Compiled and with an introduction by Nigel Hamway

Twenty years ago Nigel Hamway wandered into the SWE annual exhibition in Oxford. Hilary Paynter and Pete Lawrence were invigilating. By the end of the day he was not only treasurer of the Society, but he had established friendships which are growing to this day. For 2020 Vision Nigel has asked nineteen of his favourite engravers to choose their greatest artistic influence, write an introduction about why they feel this way, and, wherever possible, to work on a new engraving which sits side-by-side in the book with an engraving or illustration by their ‘inspirer’. The result, printed by Nomad Letterpress at the Whittington Press, places the iconic engravings of Farleigh, Nash, Poole, Wales, Hermes et al alongside today’s artists and presents the viewer with a snapshot of the changing nature of the engravers craft. Patrick Randle has written a preface about the challenges of working with the engravings and the different approaches to wood, make-ready and inking required for each block.

Published in 2020 to mark the Centenary of the Society of Wood Engravers

This is a unique collection, linking past with present, and a fitting tribute to the skills of the engravers and the part played by the society in the history of wood engraving.

Publication details

325 x 250 mm, 100 pp., printed using Perpetua on Zerkall mould-made paper in an edition of 350 copies:

300 C copies are half-bound in cloth & printed papers. In a slipcase. £245 (£185 pre-publication).

30 B copies, half-bound in Oasis leather & printed papers, come with a portfolio containing both sets of engravings. In a slipcase. £725 (£650 pre-publication).

20 A copies, bound in full Oasis, come with a portfolio containing a full set of engravings. Accompanied by a second portfolio containing a set of engravings by past-members of the SWE. All in a Solander box. Price TBC

To register your interest, make a reservation at the pre-publication price, or request a list of engravers and engravings featured in the book please contact:

Nomad Letterpress, The Whittington Press, nr Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 4HF

email: anna@nomadletterpress.com

ISBN: 978 1 85428 124 1

Publication date: March 2020


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