Battle of Buffalo 1813

Battle of Buffalo 1813 Letterpress Print

Detail view

Detail view

Battle of Buffalo on press
On December 30, 1813, the British army burned the town of Buffalo to the ground in retaliation for a similar raid conducted by American troops into Canada. This print commemorates the 200th anniversary of that event.

The print is composed by Richard Kegler with wood and metal printing blocks, many of which are broken, found pieces of wood type with the grain of the back printed rather than the face. The background is a solid wood plank where ink was applied to one side of a roller to allow for a fade effect and also draw out all of the detail of the wood grain and saw mill patterning. All of the detail including the "stars" are natural artifacts of the block. The wisps of smoke are swashes made as metal printers ornaments. The print is done in 4 colors: 3 shades of black and one very bright orange/red—this type of red would not have been seen in inks of that era, but the color of actual fire surely would come close.

Two editions have been produced:

• 13"x19" (Image area 11" x 17")
• 3 shades of Black and Bright Orange ink
• Off-White cover stock
• Signed and numbered
• Edition of 40

• 13"x19" (Image area 11" x 17")
• 3 shades of Black and Bright Orange ink
• Bright White cover stock
• Signed and numbered
• Edition of 33

Battle of Buffalo 1813 Letterpress Print (Off White) - $40.00 purchase
Battle of Buffalo 1813 Letterpress Print (Bright White) - $40.00 purchase
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