Lockdown : ten etchings

Norman Ackroyd RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




[London]: [Norman Ackroyd RA], 2020

Physical Description

[4] p., [10] leaves of plates : chiefly illustrations, 1 map ; 37 x 26 x 3 cm.

General Note

10 prints : aquatints ; plate marks 16.5 x 28.5 cm, on sheets 22 x 35 cm, in box 26 x 37 x 3 cm.
"The etchings are printed by Neil Woodall in Yorkshire from copper plates etched by the artist. The paper is 280gsm Somerset rag paper from St. Cuthbert’s Mill, Somerset, England. The solander box is built by Smith-Settle in Yorkshire. Typography and letterpress by Niamh Clancy. © Norman Ackroyd 2020." [colophon].
With prospectus loosely inserted.


1. Stac an Armin St Kilda -- 2. Castle Duart -- 3. Benbulben -- 4. Parrot Rock -- 5. Inishbofin Sound -- 6. Bempton -- 7. Holkham Morning -- 8. Brancaster Evening -- 9. The Gower in Twilight -- 10. Old Wardour

Summary Note

“Expeditions this year have been few or delayed, and non-existent since March. I have found myself delving deeply into my library of watercolour notebooks from over fifty years of exploring our islands. Contained with over forty standard size books (that slip snugly into my jacket pocket) are well over a thousand plein air watercolour notes and drawings from all over the British archipelago.

In addition, there are several hundred loose 6” x 12” sheets from watercolour blocks, that contain a wide range of papers, that I have designed myself, and that I have been using increasingly over the last fifteen years.

Lockdown offers much time for dreaming and the drawings trigger wonderful memories of people, places, extraordinary events, and adventures – often in hostile seas. Most of the drawings are produced with etching in mind. For me etching and watercolour are deeply symbiotic. Norman Ackroyd 2020." [p. [4]].

Copy Note

The ten etchings are published in editions of 90 with 2 exhibition proofs and 2 printer’s proofs. Numbers 1-50 and the proofs are collated into boxed sets of which this is No. 46. Numbered and signed in pencil by the artist on the colophon. Each plate is also titled, numbered and signed by the artist.
Numbers 1-50 of each edition are collated into 50 numbered solander boxes, measuring 10” x 14” x 1”, with associated cartography and typography. [prospectus].

Binding Note

Housed in a black solander box lettered in gilt on the spine: "Lockdown. Norman Ackroyd. 2020." Deckle-edged paper.


Livres d'artistes
Artists' books


Norman Ackroyd RA, artist/designer, etcher, publisher
Neil Woodall, printer
Niamh Clancy, letterpress printer, typographer
Smith Settle, binder
St Cuthberts Mill, paper manufacturer