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John Worsley
The Temple of Abu Simbel (TWO boards) (Original) (Signed)

The Temple of Abu Simbel (TWO boards) (Original) (Signed) by John Worsley at The Illustration Art Gallery

Ref: WorsleyJAbuSimbel (Click for LARGE picture)

Artist: John Worsley (biography)
Medium: Watercolour on Board
Size: 14" x 13" (350mm x 330mm)
Date: 1963
Signature: Signed by Artist bottom right

This is the Signed original Watercolour painting by John Worsley.

Wee Willie Winkie and his friend Hannibal the baby elephant, sail past the Temple of Abu Simbel on the Western bank of Lake Nasser in this gorgeously painted illustration board published in Treasure magazine number 23. The friends sail past with a white monkey clinging on to Hannibal's head.

Worsley creates a great sense of light using beautiful watercolour techniques including scraping the surface of the board with a razor in order to create sparks and pinpoints of light in in the water. By restricting the use of black to the details of the man made objects on the ferry and the ropes of the sailing boat, Worsley creates shadow by using complimentary purple tints across the Temple frontice, and by using fabulous washes to create delicate water effects.

Please note: this piece comes with a beautiful complimentary watercolour by John Worsley, which was created for this same adventure.

Worsley, who spent time in a P.O.W. camp after being captured in Yugoslavia during WWII, achieves a fantastic liberation from the past by painting in such a fluid joyful manner.

Worsley's work can be found in The Imperial War Museum, The Maritime Museum, The collection of HM The Queen, The Savage club and many other private collections including those of Royal Families, banks and Colleges.

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Boarding the Boat (included)
Boarding the Boat (included)

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John Worsley

John Worsley