This linocut was inspired by the words of James Hammett, one of the Tolpuddle martyrs.
The Tolpuddle Martyrs were a group of 6 farm
labourers from the village of Tolpuddle in Dorset.
In 1834 the men swore an ‘illegal oath’ and formed a fledgling Trade Union. The men were arrested, tried and sentenced to transportation to Australia.
After the sentence was pronounced, the working class rose up in support of the Martyrs. A massive demonstration marched through London and an 800,000-strong petition was delivered to Parliament protesting about their sentence. On 14th March 1836 the government agreed that all the men should have a full and free pardon.
The typography is based on David Jones' lettering.
45 x 64 cm
Edition Size 25