This year’s Tour de France is a very special one – the 100th edition of the toughest sporting event in the world. We couldn’t pass by the opportunity to celebrate this centenary, and I am delighted to announce that James Straffon has created a new collection of work to pay tribute to the 100th edition of the tour.
The exhibition, titled 100e, runs until Saturday 27 July, and we have now included all the exhibition prints online
James Straffon’s limited editions from the 100e series are available to purchase in a choice of two different physical size options, with prices starting at GBP 595.
The twelve limited edition prints in the collection are each themed around a line from John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, and created as an intricately-montaged collection of vintage press photographs and graphic forms.The detail is exquisite, and the colours just "pop".
Highlights for me include No.44 – The verdurous wall of paradise, where we see Jacques Anquetil, the winner of the 1957 tour, signing the leg of a local beauty. Times were different then. As Jacques famously said: “To prepare for a race there is nothing better than a good pheasant, some champagne and a woman”.
Then there’s No.36 – Of patience and heroic martyrdom, featuring the rivalry between Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali on the 1949 tour, won by Coppi.
Bradley Wiggins is featured obliquely in No.54 – Demy-gods on golden seats. If you look closely at Eddy Merckx’s shirt, you will see Bradley Wiggins’ race number, 101, from the historic 2012 victory.
We hope you enjoy this exciting collection. If you would like us to post you a hardcopy catalogue, just get in touch.