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John Worsley
Wee Willie Winkie in Iceland (Original)

Wee Willie Winkie in Iceland (Original) by John Worsley at The Illustration Art Gallery

Ref: WorsleyJIceland (Click for LARGE picture)

Artist: John Worsley (biography)
Medium: Watercolour on Board
Size: 9" x 18" (235mm x 460mm)
Date: 1963

This 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.

Two beautiful paintings for Treasure magazine published 1963.

John Worsley paints with stunning vibrancy, attention to detail and humour. This lovely page shows Willie being introduced to an Icelandic ambassador whilst sitting atop his baby elephant 'Hannible'. The top panel shows Willie aboard a Viking longboat, arriving to a royal greeting.

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.

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John Worsley

John Worsley