Picture Profile: 1112 ‘Illuminated Letter Gothic J’ COMMISSION

1112 COMMISSION: 'Illuminated Letter Gothic J'

1112 ‘Illuminated Letter Gothic J’ COMMISSION

Artist Code: 1112. Completed December 2011. Original SOLD. Water colour and metallic powder with gum arabic on Aquarelle Arches hot pressed 100% cotton rag paper. Unframed size 12″ x 9″ [No Products]

Christmas Present for a son-in-law (as part of a pair, see Illuminated Letter Gothic E, Code 1111). The first draft drawing, sent for approval before tracing to cotton rag, was not quite right, but the revised layout was approved. Remit was to produce a Gothic illumination ‘J’ with interests that included birds of prey, Durham Cathedral, running the Great North Marathon, football and tennis. However, ‘J’ did not much like the sporting aspect, and the commissioner apologized for misleading me in the required design. However, a request to replace the sport with otters—to a natural history artist—was a wonderful alternative.

Poem:

Illumination with Gothic might
Shows kite and otter and fish all bright
Durham Cathedral at top of show
And filigree patterns to down below
A ‘J’ for John or Jenny or Jack?
No, just for January, simple as that!