Old Road: Elegy for the English Elm I
Robin Tanner began working on this etching in 1974 when the Dutch Elm disease was considerably advanced. This plate is a lament for the Dutch Elm—and a celebration of the 17th Century poet Thomas Traherne’s line, “Everything was at rest, free and immortal.” The gateway overgrown with dog-roses is similar to that used in Tanner’s earlier work, Martin’s Hovel, and the milestone is from one at the Wiltshire village of Sutton Benger.
|Signing, Dating, and Titling|
Waterrmarked BFK Rives
Published by Robin Garton, London
Printed by Tisiphone Etching Ltd., London
From the edition of 1,000.
Signed en recto lower center.
The plate was etched in 1976; the print was made in 1977.
Custom matted and framed behind 99% UV-blocking art glass using strictly conservation-grade materials.
Excellent condition; as new. Crisp printing, bold ink, full margins.
19 in. (h) x 15 in. (w) x 1 in. (d)
13 in. (h) x 10.5 in. (w)
11.875 in. (h) x 9.375 in. (w)