Tears, Idle Tears

Tears, Idle Tears

11 1/2 x 14 1/4", 29.2 x 36.5cm

Lift-ground etching and aquatint from one copper plate, with carborundum from one plastic plate, printed in ocean blue and ultramarine blue, with hand colouring in bone black acrylic. On 100% cotton paper from Two Rivers paper mill, Watchet, Somerset (280 gsm), hand made by Jim Patterson.

Notes: Based on the poem ‘Tears, Idle Tears’ from The Princess (1847) by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
“Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depths of some divine despair
Rise in the heart and gather in the eyes,
In looking on the happy Autumn fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.”

Proofed by Jack Shirreff, Andrew Smith and Claire Wait. Printed by Jack Shirreff, assisted by Andrew Smith and Claire Wait at the 107 Workshop, Wiltshire. Hand coloured by Jack Shirreff. Published by Alan Cristea Gallery, London, 2001.