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Portrait of Gnasher

£ 40.00£ 74.00

This portrait of Dennis the Menace’s dog Gnasher shows him as he is portrayed in the Dennis The Menace Fan Club.
I’m very pleased with the way his face beams out at us, set off by the red background of the screenprint. Red is of course the colour most associated with his master, Dennis the Menace. It’s also the colour used to communicate danger and this warning is certainly appropriate when it comes to this chaotic boy-and-dog combination.
Dennis the Menace, the star of The Beano comic, first appeared in 1951. He has since become a kind of national mascot – what Asterix is to France, or Oor Wullie is to Scotland.
One glimpse of his red-and-white jersey – actually a football top – or his unruly hair immediately brings the lovable scamp to mind.
Dennis the Menace has gone through various phases since then, from the pocket-sized Satan of the 1950s, to the pugnacious youth of the 1960s and 1970s to the incorrigible imp of the 1990s.
In the early 1960s, he was joined by his Abyssinian wire-haired tripe house, Gnasher. Gnasher seems to be made of the same kind of thing as Dennis the Menace’s hair – the untamed explosion of black hair symbolic of the chaos they embody.
He is a gift to the screenprinter, from a graphic point of view, with his red-and-white sriped jersey and explosion of black hair.

Details of how to join the Fan Club are here:

Standard size: 25cms x 19cms – available immediately.
Medium size: 48cms x 38cms – email me, John Reynolds, at [email protected] if you would like one. 
Large size: 76cms x 56cms – email me, John Reynolds, at [email protected] if you would like one. 

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.