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Fashionable Contrasts, After Gillray.
Nicholas Garland OBE (b. 1935)
Daily Telegraph, 30th April 2009.
Pen, ink & watercolour.
This is a pastiche of Gillray’s famous cartoon, ‘Fashionable Contrasts, or the Duchess’s Little Shoe Yielding to the Magnitude of the Duke’s Foot’ (1792), about the Duke and Duchess of York, except that here the MPs expenses scandal is at its height and Members of Parliament are seen as shafting the taxpayer.
John Higgins (b. 1949)
Colour ink on photocopied artwork.
A noted artist in his own right, Higgins specifically chose muted pastel shades to set Watchmen apart from typical superhero comics.
Rupert the Bear
Alfred Bestall (1892-1986)
Rupert Annual, 1971.
Black line acetate copy above watercolour on art board.
Rupert has appeared every day in the Daily Express since 1920. Bestall took over from Rupert’s creator Mary Tourtel in 1935 and remained with the strip for more than 30 years. The artwork was printed onto an acetate overlay and in light blue onto watercolor board which was painted by Doris Campbel, from 1945 until she retired in 1995.
Rupert has never utilised words balloons, instead, prose is printed in blocks beneath each panel.