SALE ITEM: The Broons go fishing – I love the way the panel has internal echoes. Paw Broon and Granpaw Broon form a pair, as do their fishing rods, the speech bubbles, the hilltops and even the rocks in the river.
It was drawn by Dudley D Watkins, who continued to produce the stories until his death in 1969, and exhibits the skill he had in balancing the pictures he drew. It reminds me of the way that photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson used to frame his images.
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 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.
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.
Available in medium size: 48cms x 38cms.
Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by me, the printer, John Patrick Reynolds
© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.