Dad

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"My father came from Leicester, England. He did not have the secure, stable home that I took for granted. He went to sea as (a suspected underage), cabin boy as a young teenager and was in the British Merchant Navy in WWII. His ships took him right around the Pacific Rim during the war and I often think that to a young man from working class England at that time, travelling in the Pacific would have been almost akin to explorers a few hundred years before him - the completely foreign sights he would have seen! He still wore his navy issue sandals for many years afterwards and quite often he would put a knotted handkerchief on his head at the beach to 'stir' us.

This is a gentle take on Dad - the juxtaposition of the exotic and foreign with the very old and traditional, English document - the last will and testament." - Gabby Malpas

 

Gabby Malpas

Watercolour, pencil and gouache on vellum, Will document of Esther Gibson (Widow, of Cumberland, England), dated 1800’s

Framed size: 57cm x 46cm

 

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