Reduction linocut print
Image size: 30 x 30cm
Size of mounted print: 48 x 48 cm
Paper: Japanese Hosho paper
Inks: Caligo washable oil-based inks
Edition of 10
The print is sold mounted and backed in Antique White acid free mount board.
In this print the sun sets behind the great Gloucestershire landmark of May Hill, and birds flutter around the bean poles and the bird table. This is Hafren’s burial ship, a sombre garden but one suggesting abundance, continuity, and the calm energy of nature.
'Hafren’s Garden' is the first of a set of four major linocut prints made for an exhibition at Arlingham on the banks of the River Severn. It is a reduction print in five colours, cut in five stages from a single block of lino.
The series makes reference to the legend of Hafren, the young girl who gave her name to the River Severn. Hafren is the Welsh form, Sabre the English, Sabrina the Latin. She was the victim of passion and politics, daughter of a British king and a beautiful German princess, sacrificed to the river by her father's furious divorced wife. The whole story may be read in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s chronicle: http://www.yorku.ca/inpar/geoffrey_thompson.pdf
Other prints in the series are: 'Hafren's Daffodils', 'Hafren's Sai'l, 'Hafren's Ark', and 'Night Voyage' (a small print, 10cm x 15cm).