John Worsley (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
13" x 17" (320mm x 430mm)Date:
1963This is the original Watercolour painting by John Worsley.
The incredibly popular Wee Willie Winkie stories chart the travels of a young protagonist who had a special ticket that would take him and his baby elephant Hannibal anywhere in the world by land, sea or air.
John Worsley paints with extraordinary panache, vibrancy, attention to detail and humour. This lovely page shows Willie being rowed along a Bangkok waterway. The pencil writing on the page explains that the boat full of children is taking them to school, and the bottom paragraph referring to Hannibal squirting water from his trunk reads "As they pass along the 'street', Hannibal gives a small baby sitting in a basin a friendly squirt"
A very early full page painting for the 5th ever issue of Treasure magazine published 16th February 1963.
The artist, who also worked as a portrait artist for the Metropolitan Police, uses his extraordinary skill to create life like characters both adults and children can identify and empathise with.
We must remember that Worsley spent time in a P.O.W. camp after being captured in then Yugoslavia, and yet 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 Royal Families, banks and Colleges.