Handmade screen print on cotton paper.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds.
Standard size: 26cm x 19cms
Medium (48cm x 38cm)
Large (76cm x 56cm)
Oor Wullie & The Broons
This panel is taken from The Sunday Post, Dundee, which has been carrying strips featuring Oor Wullie – and his sister strip The Broons – since 1936.
Oor Wullie’s characteristics are spiky hair, dungarees and he often sits on an upturned bucket to sum up his situation – and sometimes to philosophise generally.
An indication of how much Scots love Oor Wullie is that, in a survey conducted in 2004, he was voted ‘Scotland’s Favourite Son’; William Wallace was second, Sean Connery third and Rabbie Burns fourth.
The Broons are an 11-strong family. The members are Paw, Maw, Granpaw, Hen, Daphne, Joe, Maggie, Horace, The Twins and The Bairn. The Broons first appeared in The Sunday Post, Dundee, in March 1936, drawn by the legendary draftsman Dudley D. Watkins. 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.
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 have become hugely popular across Scotland and beyond – and often seem to be regarded as part of Scots’ extended families. 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.
This is an original screenprint. An original print is a work of art printed by hand, from a plate, block, stone, or stencil (which is the case here) that has been created by the artist for the purpose of producing the image.
© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.