The Swansea Devil – Y Diafol Abertawe – Red Ink – Lino print


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Water-based red, matte ink print on white 220 gsm paper, hand-hand pressed with a spoon and touched up by hand also to give it a consistent tone all over. The writing is all written by hand also.
(Watermark only included to protect the online image, the print will only have edition number, title if needed and it will be signed by myself.)

Size of the image is approx. 13.5 x 24 cm
Size of the mount is approx. 24.5 x 34.3 cm

Limited edition of 25 prints of this colour scheme, also soon to be available in black and on apparel and accessories from my Redbubble shop. Delivered mounted and wrapped in cellophane.

All UK-bound items are sent 1st class delivery, signed for. Please contact me if you would prefer another method. All overseas-bound items are standard delivery, again, if you wish to have it tracked, please contact me and I will sort this out, please expect a higher postage cost for this.

To care for you print, please keep it out of direct sunlight and away from moisture.

In the 1890’s, St. Mary’s Church in the centre of Swansea was to be rebuilt and amongst applicants for the job of architect behind this mammoth project were a local architect and Sir Arthur Blomfield. 

Sir Arthur won the commission, and feeling sore and slighted at an outsider working on the church, the local architect bided his time, buying a row of buildings directly opposite the church, tore them down and rebuilt offices for a brewery, whereupon he perched a carving of this Devil, glowering into the church built by his rival. 

Upon the opening of his brewery offices, he declared “When your church is destroyed and burnt to the ground my devil will remain laughing”. There the Devil sat for years until February 1941 when Swansea was blitzed over three nights. The Devil’s station went unscathed, but St Mary’s was battered and the flames from the building most likely illuminated the smirking adversary sat opposite! His story doesn’t end there! He was removed when his home was demolished in the 1960’s to make room for The Quadrant Shopping Center, and he disappeared, somehow making his way into a garage in England. Meanwhile, a Welsh Newspaper started the search for him, and the owners of the garage reconnected him with his homeland. He was placed as close as possible to his original location, in the Quadrant, but not as to offend local church goers, (the church being rebuilt). His presence did upset them though, and he was placed in storage, until public outcry saw his return, (and his placement facing the church). He can now be visited in Swansea Museum, where he can be properly cared for!

I do love a bit of spite craft! Here is my rendition of The Swansea Devil as seen from a flaming church window, with the Welsh translation of his name, but he is also known as Old Nick of course!


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All prints are wrapped in protective cellophane, with a sheet of sturdy card, then gift wrapped. I use First Class Signed For delivery by the Royal Mail for all UK items. If you are overseas and would like to purchase something from me, please feel free to send me a message and I will get investigating further in how to get work to you! A request is to please ensure that there is time enough to receive your order by checking when the Royal Mail Strike dates are.

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