The Rampant Lions Press: A Letterpress Odyssey

Fitzwilliam Museum

18 March – 18 May 2014

The story of the designer-printer and small publisher of fine editions, founded by Will Carter in 1924 at the age of 12.

With very few exceptions the Rampant Lions Press designed every book that came out of the workshop, printing by letterpress mostly on hand or mould-made papers. They specialised in elegant but colourful designs and made inventive use of a small number of metal typefaces, including several designed by Hermann Zapf and the Golden Cockerel Roman by Eric Gill. During their 84 years in print, the press also collaborated with a number of writers and artists, such as Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, John Piper, Patrick Procktor, and Michael Rothenstein.

The Fitzwilliam first staged a retrospective of the Rampant Lions Press in 1982. This display will also feature a selection of the books they produced since then.

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Opening times

Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun & Bank Holidays 12noon – 5pm

Closed Mon, 24 – 26, 31 Dec and 1 Jan

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