My Sodger’s Edition of the 1812 Broadside arrived here at 12:20 pm today, Monday July 2th and I’m over the moon! It’s absolutely superb and I’ve phone my ‘framer guy’ and expect a special framing job. I plan on having it in a gilt frame so that it stands out from everything else in the hall. That, my friend, is all I have room for unless I start on the ceiling! …Of all your art, Wesley, the Sodger’s is the icing on the cake and it will be fantastic when it is framed. Congratulations to all behind the ’1812 Broadside’ Project. It’s great!~ David Hale, Collector, England
Renowned wood engraver and letterpress printer Wesley W. Bates and artist and bookbinder Marlene Pomeroy are commemorating the War of 1812 Bicentennial with the design and creation of a limited edition letterpress broadside. Printed on a hand-operated letterpress and hand-coloured at West Meadow Press on archival rag paper from the fine Saint Armond Paper Mill in Montreal, it will be presented in an elegant handmade archival chemise detailed with period features.
Illustrated with wood engravings, woodcuts, and handset type authentic to the period, it is a fresh and unique artistic response to the British and American soldiers and First Nations warriors who fought in the October 13, 1812 Battle of Queenston Heights, an event that was seen to have set into motion Canada’s formation and rise to nationhood.
Follow the exciting journey of the broadside project from its conception to the final detailing of the presentation and all the adventures in between replete with the crack of musket fire, the grand search for historical accuracy, the exclusive creation of handmade Saint-Armand paper, the strains of fiddle music and poetry, and the passion and perfectionism of exceptional artists.
We are pleased to offer here three very special limited editions of “Glory is the Sodger’s Prize” a War of 1812 Broadside.