John Worsley (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
13" x 17" (330mm x 430mm)Date:
Signed by Artist bottom rightThis is the Signed original Watercolour painting by John Worsley.
Wee Willie Winkie and his Baby Elephant friend Hannibal board the Australian oyster diver's boat 'Mollusc' in order to get a closer look at the ins and outs of pearl diving off the coast. This lovely watercolour showcases Worsley's strengths both using washes and precision strokes. The incredible detail with which the rigging and text are executed contrast remarkably with the more fluid figures and marine life. The pencilled caption is still laid up on this board, adding a historical feature and providing the illustration board with further context.
Worsley, who spent time in a P.O.W. camp after being captured in Yugoslavia during World War II, 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.