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Reading the Landscape : twelve etchings

Norman Ackroyd RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




[London]: [Norman Ackroyd RA], 2019

Physical Description

[4] p., [12] leaves of plates : chiefly illustrations, 1 map ; 26 x 31 x 3 cm.

General Note

12 prints : aquatints ; plate marks 15 x 22 cm, on sheets 23 x 28 cm, in box 26 x 31 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 2019." [colophon].
The 12 etchings are interleaved with selected verse, the latter printed on sheets of translucent Japanese paper.
With prospectus loosely inserted.


Etchings: 1. Sun and storm, Caithness -- 2. Black Rock, Co. Mayo -- 3. High Island -- 4. Cathedral Rocks, Blasket -- 5. Blue Cove, Skellig -- 6. At Antony -- 7. The Gower in Twilight -- 8. The Lake at Ditchley -- 9. Hood Hill -- 10. Under Hambleton -- 11. Evening at Thirsk Hall -- 12. Wharfedale in February. and Verse: [1] I can see clearly now / Johnny Nash -- [2] Poem in October / Dylan Thomas -- [3] Tay Bridge / Douglas Dunn -- [4] The Whitsun Weddings / Philip Larkin -- [5] On Burroughs' Work / Allen Ginsberg -- [6] My Orcha'd in Linden Lea / William Barnes -- [7] On a Night Like This / Bob Dylan -- [8] La Belle Dame sans Merci / John Keats -- [9] And the Days are Not Full Enough / Ezra Pound -- [10] The Waste Land / T.S. Eliot -- [11] Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard / Thomas Gray -- [12] At Lords / Frances [sic] Thompson.

Copy Note

The twelve 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 singed by the artist.

Binding Note

Housed in a black solander box lettered in gilt on the spine: "Reading the Landscape. Norman Acrkoyd. 2019." 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