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SWE Centenary Poster

70 copies set in Perpetua with Chisel for display, printed on Zerkall paper on and Albion Press by Miles Wigfield at The Reading Room Press.

After printing the reproduction of the 1920 Chenil Gallery poster I thought I should like to produce my own celebration of the Society’s centenary. I had original thought to include the names of all the past Chairmen of the Society but found it challenging to obtain a precise list before George Tute became the first to assume the rôle on the resurrection of the S.W.E. in 1984.

Encouraged by the knowledge that Nigel Hamway owned two historic blocks which he was prepared to lend to me and seeing the opportunity to celebrate two contemporary engravers who are both exemplars of their artistry and great friends, I conceived the design as it is. More


The 1920 Chenil Gallery Poster

The very first printed poster promoting the Society of Wood Engravers was for an exhibition at the Chenil Gallery, London and lists the ten exhibiting artists, founder members of the society. Following extensive research by Brian Byrne, the only known copy was found in the Department of Special Collections of the Hesburgh Libraries of the University of Notre Dame in America (see Multiples No. 32, Nov 2016). Pete Lawrence thought that, as part of the centenary celebrations of the S.W.E., it would be fun to reproduce it and asked me if I would take the job. Of course, I agreed. More…

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