Pressmark

The pressmark was created in 1992 by Chris Broughton. It can be seen at the top of  each website page. It is also part of the letterhead and thus features on all the New Arcadian Broadsheets since No. 35.

~ The design visualises the co-participation of artists and writers that is such a characteristic of the New Arcadian Journal.

~ An open copy of the New Arcadian Journal is laid upon a bucolic and convivial bed of vineleaves and grapes (as appropriate to a vignette), and garnished with essential, though some might say anachronistic, ingredients: a tube of paint, a palette, a spool of photographic film, a computer mouse and a floppy disk.

~ The topping of fountain pen, paintbrush, pencil and scraperboard tool forms the compass rose that navigates the creation of texts and imagery from each site walked for successive editions of the New Arcadian Journal.

The initial pressmark derived from a relief of gardening tools on the pedestal of the obelisk at Hall Barn, Buckinghamshire, a landscape garden associated with the Aislabies of Studley Royal.

~ This was first drawn by John Furnival for the exhibition Mr. Aislabie’s Gardens, 1981, and can be seen on the poster-print, preview card and catalogue. It was then drawn by John Tetley for the 1981 catalogue of publications, and re-used for an exhibition preview card during 1984.

~ Other versions were created by Ian Gardner. They can be seen on Broadsheets 21-34, on the poster-prints of the exhibition series Gardens and Landscapes, 1983-1985, on an associated exhibition preview card, on the ‘Decal’ card and on the cover of the 1991 Catalogue.

~ The motif initially used on the A4 letterhead paper, and thus on Broadsheets 1-20, was adapted by Ian Gardner from a detail of Nicholas Poussin’s ‘Landscape with St John on Patmos’, c.1640. It was originally created for the small book, Eye Spy Trees, 1980.