Etching & aquatint in edition of 75
Image size 10 x 15 cm
Paper size 20 x 25 cm
Ravens have long been associated with the Tower of London. The earliest legend that connects the two is a Welsh tale involving Brân the Blessed (King of the Britons) who ordered his followers to cut off his head and bury it beneath The White Hill, upon which the Tower now stands. Brân is the modern Welsh word for raven and the magical and protective qualities of ravens are attested throughout Celtic mythology. The knowledge that Brân's head was buried beneath the White Hill would have served as protective reassurance in the Celtic tradition, just as modern ideas about the presence of ravens does.
This print is an etching and aquatint made on a copper plate. It is printed on Somerset Velvet, a heavyweight 300 gsm handmade paper from St Cuthbert's Mill in Somerset. The print is signed and numbered by the artist.
Ravens at the Tower