Solent Seashells

A wood engraving on lemonwood printed with Hawthorns Stay Open Dense Black Ink on 145 gsm Zerkall print paper and printed on an antique 1892 Albion press.

A collection of wood engravings of shells native to the Solent, the stretch of sea between the Isle of Wight and Hampshire. These include a native oyster, a mussel shell, a cockle shell, a whelk, a striated Venus shell, a flat top shell, a periwinkle and a netted dog whelk. I picked these shells off the beach at Hamble, on the shores of Southampton Water during the first ‘Covid’ lockdown in 2020. Each is engraved on a separate block of lemonwood except for the periwinkle and the top shell which are on one block. I have carefully arranged them so that I could print them altogether and to make an attractive composition – I like the way the negative space between looks like a starfish!

Edition size: 50 (plus 5 no. artist’s proof)

Image size: 120 x 110 mm approx.

Paper size: 190 x 265 mm

Price: £80