A Knavish Lad: Shakespeare’s Dream Illustrated.

  • Robson, Joanna
  • [Edinburgh: Printed by the artist 2016


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ONE OF 7 COPIES, 16.3 x 13.7 cm and approximately 240cm across fully open. Two intersecting accordion-folded panoramic sheets, one an aquatinted etching on 300gsm Hahnemuhle paper with laser cutouts, the other black 300gsm paper with laser cutouts. Bound between cloth-covered boards with endpapers of embossed Fabriano Rosapina Avorio paper (285gsm), with a paper wrap-around band printed in black. Housed in a custom cloth drop-back box blocked in silver together with a full-colour 12pp. booklet about the book and containing a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist.


A wordless retelling of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' using a combination of old and new technologies: intaglio printmaking and laser cutting. The result is a panoramic piece of book art that visually narrates the story and draws inspiration from the imagery of the text. Inspired by artists and illustrators such as William Hogarth, Lotte Reiniger and Jan Pienkowski, the etchings also recall the golden age of British book illustration, particularly the work of Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac, and Helen Stratton, and their interplay with the intersecting laser-cut black silhouettes adds an additional layer.

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