We Built the World

Men of Iron

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A1 print celebrating the forefathers of the steel industry, Bolckow & Vaughan — true men of iron. Designed by We Built the World and individually screen printed..


Henry Bolckow and John Vaughan drove the dramatic growth of Middlesbrough and the production of coal and iron in the North East of England in the 19th century. The two founding partners had an exceptionally close working relationship that lasted until Vaughan's death.

Their long-lasting and successful partnership transformed Middlesbrough into 'Ironopolis', the centre of ironmaking in Britain, while their iron ore mines at Eston were the largest in the world. By 1868, four million tons of iron per year were produced there, with Bolckow & Vaughan considered to be the world's biggest pig-iron producers.

Production Specification

  • Part of the Unlimited Collection
  • Individually screen printed in Black ink on GF Smith Colorplan Pristine White (135gsm), in collaboration with The Northern School of Art
  • Print size is A1 (594mm x 841mm)
  • 100% recyclable and sustainable packaging
  • Includes certificate of authenticity
  • Individually signed and numbered

Please note that the numbered edition you receive is random and cannot be pre-selected. Available while stocks last.

Investing in the Future

Celebrating our heritage by investing in our future. Alongside our printing partnership with The Northern School of Artwe’re directly sharing profits to help the next generation of creatives realise their ambitions and reach their potential.

Postage and Delivery

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Due to the custom paper stock and the hand-printed nature of the products, Shipping can take up to 10-14 days. You will receive confirmation of your order and updates on the delivery progress.

All products are shipped using 100% recyclable and sustainable packaging.