The Sanitation Worker / The Essential Worker
Wood engraving with letterpress on Zerkall archival cotton paper, 2021
Paper size: h 8 1/2" x w 6"
Image size: h 2 1/4" x w 3 1/8"
Edition size: 82
The image is printed from a hand-engraved boxwood block, and the text was printed from 12pt. Worrell Uncial handset type.
This image is one in a series of 82 Dance of Death images that I'm engraving into endgrain wood and printing along with moveable type.
Forty-one of the images in the series are from Hans Holbein the Younger's 1538 series that was originally carved by the formschneider Hans Lützelburger. Those images will be printed along with the short verses that originally appeared with the images, and they will be printed from hand set moveable type. (See "The Lady" also available in the shop).
The remaining forty-one prints in the edition, including this one, will all be made from my own original drawings. The combination of old and new prints in the series reflect how much changes through time with the exception of this one equalizing truth.
All works carved and printed by Rebecca Gilbert.