Name plate on old printing press

Collections of etchings, lino and wood cuts.

Simon is the current owner of a Britannia press, numbered 425. These presses were manufactured by B. Porter of Leeds between the 1830s and 1840s. The printing museum at Howard Ironworks  reports that less than ten of these presses may have survived; they have an impressively restored Britannia, which probably dates back to its first year of production. There is another at The Museum of Printing Arts in Leipzig. According to The Science Museum, who also have one of the presses in its collection, Porter had premises at Cross Court, 96 Briggate, Leeds. 

Reputedly, this press made its way to the Slade School of Art in London, and later returned to Yorkshire and Harrogate College before ending up at a printmaker’s studio in the Westcountry.