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Easter Rising 1916

For us it was about the original printing

STOLEN WORD FOR WORD FROM WIKIPEDIA :The Easter Rising (Irish: Éirí Amach na Cásca),[2] also known as the Easter Rebellion, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, April 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in the First World War. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798, and the first armed action of the Irish revolutionary period. Organized by a seven-man Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Rising began on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, and lasted for six days. 

For Lead Graffiti it was an exciting opportunity to look at a very important piece of printing in a visually-focused way. The printing was mechanical. The plates were created with photographic accuracy. The chance to look at literally every character was priceless.

It is hard to imagine the group of printers that were working through the night to get their "call to arms" finished. Running out of sorts, fixing lock up problems, getting the inking right, and worrying about the chance that this will lead to a legal judgement of "death." We talked about the issues, trying to get our selves to have at least a smidgen of the sense of tension that must have been floating over their clanking press.

Print specs


Sorry—this limited edition print is sold out.

  • Designed and handset in multiple unidentified antique wood type
  • Printed via letterpress in 3 hand rolled colors, plus black and one impression run, on a Vandercook Universal III
  • Limited edition of 40 prints
  • Size 14.5" x 22.5" on acid-free Somerset Textured white, 300 gsm, with deckled edges at top & bottom

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