Big Ben letterpress



8×10 Letterpress on Crane’s Lettra, Ecru White

This minimalist drawing of Big Ben is part of the work done by artist Mike Swallow for the Bucket Series. London’s Big Ben has been chiming out the hours for 150+ years. The ancient clockwork is a charming example of Victorian engineering.  Big Ben is actually the name given to the bell and the tower is the Elizabeth Tower.  The construction fell five years behind schedule and the tower was finally completed in 1859. The ornate decoration on the Elizabeth Tower’s upper floors owes much to Augustus Welby Pugin’s influence on the main architect, Sir Charles Barry. The two architects collaborated successfully on the Palace of Westminster’s neo-Gothic style which is displayed to great effect on the clock dials.  This is a limited run of 100 and there will not be another run.  The price will continue to rise as quantities become more limited.

Product Description

  • Each piece is numbered and limited to 100.
  • Letterpressing goes back to the 1440 Gutenberg Bible and is still considered one of the finest methods to create printed works.
  • Polymer plates are created from the original artwork using a European plate processor and pressed using the exquisite Heidelberg SBB Letterpress printing by Boxcar Press in New York adds even more beauty and value. An additional plate is required for different colors and pressed separately.
  • Foil stamped tower detailing, is made from copper, etched by hand, and foil stamped on a 14×22 Kluge press using copper plates.
  • Printed on Crane’s Lettra, 100% cotton paper, made in the USA using green printing methods, by using low-VOC inks and solvents, printing on tree-free papers, and recycling everything.
  • Frame not included.




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