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Joe and Hen Broon
£ 40.00 – £ 74.00
This portrait of Joe and Hen Broon is one of a series of five which I have produced to celebrate the forthcoming 80th anniversary of The Broons.
The first strip appeared back in March 1936, in The Post, Dundee.
I have produced these portraits of the eleven Broons characters in five pairs (the twins and Horace make a trio), from images drawn by the original draughtsman Dudley D Watkins, who continued to draw the strip until the late 1960s.
As ever, the screenprints are pulled by me in my studio in Maida Vale, west London (across the road from the BBC’s Maida Vale studio). They are all issued in limited editions of 200 and printed on cotton mould made paper milled in Somerset.
The portraits have been produced in my standard format – 26cms x 19cms and cost £40 unframed or £70 framed.
The Broons are an 11-strong family. The members are Paw, Maw, Granpaw, Hen, Daphne, Joe, Maggie, Horace, The Twins, The Bairn. They are still appearing every week in The Sunday Post.
I especially enjoy using Watkins’s panels in my screenprints as they were drawn so well – he took great pains to give each panel a well balanced composition. And with just a few lines he was able to give a huge range of expressions to his characters.
The Broons and Oor Wullie – the other Sunday Post strip drawn by Watkins – have become hugely popular across Scotland – and often seem to regarded as part of Scots’ extended families.
I love the stories for their invention and the language that the characters use – it’s full of Scottish turns of phrase which you don’t often see elsewhere.
The Broons and Oor Wullie are known to every Scot – wherever they may be. Many of my customers are Scots or the children or grandchildren of Scots who live outside Scotland.
I am the first and only screenprinter with permission to use the images of The Broons and Oor Wullie in my work.
Standard size: 25cm x 19cm.
Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds
© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.