Silver Pit and the Sleeping Dog


Date: 2022
Medium: multiple block engraving
Edition size: 50
Image: 41(h) x 24.5(w) cm
Paper: 53(h) x 36.5(w) cm, Zerkall 150 gsm
Price: £495 (unframed, unmounted) – UK postage included
Selected for: RWA 169th
Society of Wood Engravers touring exhibition, 2023
London Original Print Fair, 2023

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Silver Pit and the Sleeping Dog is a four-block relief engraving

Our garden on the North Norfolk coast will at some point become part of the sea bed. Silver Pit is a sea-floor valley in the bed of the North Sea known by generations of fishermen. The Silver pit crater, named after the Silver Pit fishing grounds, was discovered during routing analysis of seismic data collected during exploration for gas in the Southern North Sea basin.

Bringing these elements together, this multiple block engraving contains dogs, dog walking, home, archaeology, the sea bed, Doggerland, sea-level rise and loss. The flowers are Ragged Robin which grow in the marshes of Halvergate, again set to become the sea bed. In Britain it has declined in numbers because of modern farming techniques and draining of wet-lands and is no longer common.