Simon Redington, “CHARGE!”

1. Title Page Image – Detail
2. Foreword Page Image – Detail
3. Introduction Page Image – Detail
4. 3rd Verse – Detail
5. 4th Verse – Full Frame

 

Simon Redington
London, UK

CHARGE!
2016
Woodcut/Letterpress
30
20
370mm – 300mm – 10mm
370mm – 600mm – 10mm

IT WAS A DREAM THAT CENTURY
AFTER CENTURY HAD SEIZED ON
MEN’S IMAGINATIONS AND SET
THEIR BLOOD ON FIRE. TRUMPETS,
PLUMES, CHARGERS, THE POMP OF
WAR, THE EXCITEMENT OF COMBAT,
THE EXULTATION OF VICTORY – THE
MIXTURE WAS INTOXICATING
INDEED. TO COMMAND GREAT
ARMIES, TO PERFORM DEEDS OF
VALOUR, TO RIDE VICTORIOUS
T H R O U G H F L OWE R – S T R EWN
STREETS, TO BE MAGNIFICENT,
FAMOUS – SUCH WERE THE VISIONS
THAT DANCED BEFORE MEN’S EYES
AS THEY TURNED EAGERLY TO WAR.
IT WAS NOT A DREAM FOR THE
COMMOM MAN. WAR WAS AN
A R I S TOC R A T I C T R A D E , AND
MILITARY GLORY RESERVED FOR
NOBLES AND PRINCES.
IT WAS A DREAM THAT DIED HARD.
CENTURY FOLLOWED CENTURY AND
GL ITTERING VISIONS FADED
BEFORE THE SOMBRE REALITIES OF
HISTORY. GREAT ARMIES IN THEIR
PRIDE AND SPLENDOUR WERE
D E F E A T E D B Y S T A R V A T ION,
PESTILENCE AND FILTH, VALOUR
WAS SACRIFICED TO STUPIDITY,
GALLANTRY TO CORRUPTION.