Michael Atkin      Printmaker

etcher - block printer - wood engraver

An Alphabet of Scarborough

A limited edition book, 26 copies which represent the 26 letters of the Alphabet. An A to Z book of Scarborough, views that have caught my eye for one reason or another.

As well as the hand bound book which will contain all 26 images + frontispeace & notes, there will be an aditional edition of 26 copies of each image which can be individually framed.



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Forshore football

Etching and Aquatint

195 x 280 mm

26 copies

Hahnemuhle etching 140Lbs Not

  Once I'd settled on the idea of the image, Forshore Football, it was time for research, what I discovered is both tragic and very comendable.

I had wrongly assumed that the Fishermen & Firemen refered to two different elements of the town, in fact it refers to the deck hands and the stokers onboard a ship. The charity football match between to rivals ( with hats) was started after a huge storm in which the crew of a local trawler perished, the football match attracted lots of local viewers who would donate odd coppers to the charity which helped those in need locally.

Dwarfed by the castle, the match is played on boxing day, they still collect money for the needy. I love the tradition of it, the meaningfull aspect of the whole event. It needed to be included in my very personal Alphabet of Scarborough.

Price unframed £185.00

The image is printed in an edition of 26 of which 25 are for sale