Andy Volpe

Re-Engraving Paul Revere: The Boston Massacre

In March of 2020, for the 250th commemoration, Andy painstakingly hand-engraved a full-size replica of Revere’s “Boston Massacre”, which was printed off the wooden rolling press at the Printing Office of Edes & Gill, doing everything that Revere did, by hand, with the same materials. Andy’s replica is one of only three known replicas engraved entirely by hand since 1832. Andy will talk about intaglio printmaking in 18th century Boston, about the copies of Revere and his copy of Pelham, the story of the printing plate, and how he went about researching and engraving the replica.

[Recorded August 13, 2022.]

Andy Volpe ( is an artist, historical printer, and living history presenter. Since 2010 he has worked with Gary Gregory at the Printing Office of Edes & Gill Boston, researching and replicating the engravings of Paul Revere using the same techniques he did. He is also active with the Museum of Printing in Haverhill as a presenter, researcher, and collections manager. Andy is also well-known for his Roman Legionary presentations, which he has been doing since 2002 and is active with several living history groups spanning Rome, 1470s, 1630s, and 1860s.

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