Yale Handsome Dan letterpress



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

This minimalist drawing of Yale’s Handsome Dan is part of the work done by artist Marilia Beltrame for the Bucket Series.  Handsome Dan was the first live college mascot in America.  In the late 1880s, Princeton and Harvard already had their football mascots – Princeton had a tiger and Harvard had the “Orange Man” as a stand-in for Puritan John Harvard. In 1889, Andrew B. Graves saw a bulldog sitting in front of a New Haven blacksmith shop. Graves was an Englishman in the Yale class of 1892 and a member of the crew team as well as a football tackle. He offered fifty dollars for the dog, and the blacksmith countered with seventy-five. Graves purchased the dog for sixty-five dollars.  Graves cleaned up the dog and named him “Handsome Dan.”  The work makes for a great conversation piece that’s fit for any room.  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.
  • 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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