Elver Net, Elver Sticks And Haystack Bird By Peter Yates
Graphite, screen print, letraset film, crayon, watercolour and gouache on paper, 1976.
A delightful and evocative study, with associations to aspects of living the rural life generally, but in particular to elver fishing.
Elvers are young glassy eels which begin life as larvae and drift from their birthplace in the Sargasso Sea all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to the Bristol Channel and the Severn Estuary.
Here they are caught with elver nets, sticks, and a hurricane lamp, by elvermen, and offered to elver stations for export to Europe and Japan.
These special implements are portrayed with accuracy and charm, and the words ‘Drink Fair Don’t Swear’ is a comment on the culture of the elvermen who fish along the banks of the Severn River.
Giclée print, Limited Edition (1/750) on 310gms thick, 100% cotton rag.
Hand-numbered and hand-embossed.
Image Size: 365 x 510mm
Paper Size: 475 x 610mm