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On December 30, 1813, the British army burned the town of Buffalo to the ground in retaliation for a similar raid conducted by American troops into Canada. This print commemorates the 200th anniversary of that event.

The print is composed with wood and metal printing blocks, many of which are broken, found pieces of wood type with the grain of the back printed rather than the face. The background is a solid wood plank where ink was applied to one side of a roller to allow for a fade effect and also draw out all of the detail of the wood grain and saw mill patterning. All of the detail including the "stars" are natual artifacts of the block). The whisps of smoke are swashes made as metal printers ornaments. The print is done in 4 colors: 3 shades of black and one very bright orange/red (this type of red would not have been seen in inks of that era, but the color of actual fire surely would come close). The text is 4 line gothic wood type (The first Sans Serif face is purported to have been cut by William Caslon IV in 1812 however wood type was not introduced until 1828) and 12 point Caslon Bold. The burst ornament between the wood type is a stock printer's ornament (aloo seen used in the Beatrice Warde book title page: "Bombed but Unbeaten" designed by Bruce Rogers)

Two editions have been produced:
-Off White paper in an edition of 40
and
-Bright White paper in an edition of 33

13"x19" paper size. image area just under 11 x17"
signed and numbered

Battle of Buffalo 1813 (200th Anniversary) Letterpress Print

$40.00 USD
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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: ink, paper, wood type
  • Ships worldwide from New York, United States
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