Air Raid Shelters etching

During a full weekend of printing, I completed a new etching for the project which depicts the Air Raid Shelters in Stockport which apparently during World War II could accommodate up to 3,850 civilians when it was opened in 1939. This was then extended to allow up to 6,500 civilians making them the largest purpose built shelters in the country.

During a guided visit a few years ago, I was able to capture on camera the warren of red sandstone tunnels which extends for up to 1 mile in total.

This time I produced a number of different versions of this print; some in sepia, black ink and I also added colour to some prints using a fine brush to colour in the bunting and the Union Jack flag. I also used an etching crayon and aquatint to depict the sandstone walls.