'Riding The North Riding' with Robert Thornton
University of York
Size: 32cm x 45cm
Edition: each print in the series is an edition of 5
Stock: Southbank Smooth 160gsm
Process: Letterpress, collagraph
Robert Thornton was a 15th century scribe/compiler from Ryedale, North Yorkshire, who created significant 'household miscellanies'. These are manuscripts "designed to serve the divergent needs of a lay household, whose contents typically include practical information, spiritual guidance, moral instruction & entertainment, poetry and prose" (Nicola McDonald, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York). There are two manuscripts in existence: in Lincoln at the Cathedral library and in London at the British Library.
This commission was for a printmaker to respond to the manuscripts, Thornton's life and his location in the North Yorkshire landscape. The resulting prints use simple collagraph and letterpress techniques to reflect on key aspects of his life. It was a privilege to work with Nicola McDonald on this project and to see both manuscripts at first hand, with her expert guidance and interpretation.